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“Old pirates, yes, they rob I, sold I to the merchant ships; minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong by…

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We all learned the background and historical setting in elementary school for our national holiday of Thanksgiving. The story of the Pilgrims …

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