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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{No fewer than 7 American Presidents are Direct Descendants of the Leiden, Netherlands PILGRIMS}

We are once again close to the U.S.A. Thanksgiving celebration, on the 4th Thursday of November. Since there is such a strong historical link between The Kingdom of The Netherlands and the U.S.A. I would like to dedicate this post to some History about the PILGRIMS. No fewer than 7 American Presidents are Direct Descendants of those Leiden PILGRIMS that sailed from The Dutch Republic to the New World. 
This is how those Pilgrims went on board for arriving in the New World after having stayed in Leiden for about 11 years.
For Life in Leiden you can click the hyperlink to read about some very interesting facts.
For a Leiden Pilgrim Tour you can click on the hyperlink to actually see a video of the university city of Leiden where they lived all those years.
Indeed, no fewer than 7 American Presidents are direct descendants of the Leiden Pilgrims.
The Pilgrim Archives tell the story of the Pilgrims themselves and the 17th century Leiden that was their home, the city where Rembrandt lived and worked.

Origins - link
Pilgrim Presidents - link from where you can take a look at the familytrees of these presidents.
Presidents Bush Sr. and Jr. do share the same ancestor with Barack Hussein Obama: Thomas Blossom.
Have a look as it is quite interesting!
Wishing all U.S.A. citizens a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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  1. that's neat. i wish you and pieter a happy thanksgiving week, too.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Thanks and the same to you and your loved ones!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Always learning something great when I visit ... Wishing you and Pieter and furbabies a blessed week.. xo C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thank you; this is a very special and historical time of the year!
      Hugs to all of you and stay cozy.
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette;
    Hi, good morning from Japan. Oh, Leiden is the place in your birth country where Rembrandt was also born (haha, I learned about it from Wikipedia) . Wow, this historical story is first for me to know and your country must have treated them very decently for 11 years. The Kingdom of The Netherlands sure is connected with many countries in many way at old times as my country had owed a lot to modernize through Nagasaki-city from the people of Netherlands.
    Happy Thanksgiving Week to both of you♡♡♡ ; Halloween got kind of popular in Japan but few people pay attention to Thanksgiving day here p;)

    PS> So sorry that I have missed your precious previous posts. please take care of yourselves♪
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      If one loves history it is always interesting to learn WHY we celebrate certain things in life and how it came about. Yes, in the Golden Age, the Dutch people ruled the Seas and they were involved in a lot of countries through trade and such. Quite interesting and a very rich history.
      There is no relation outside of the USA to Thanksgiving, even in my home country most people have no clue!
      Don't apologize at all; you have other emotional things for dealing with. Thanks for your kind worlds, love and friendship and that is mutual!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Bonsoir Mariette. What an informative post. I like to visit my friends' blogs and learn something new. Barack Obama, eh? I would not have guessed :-) Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you in Georgia, Mariette. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Dearest Véronique,
      Yep, life is full of surprises and one by one they can unfold.
      You did celebrate for one year your American Thanksgiving in Georgia; fond memories for sure!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you in the north west for your loved ones. Stay cozy!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Dearest Mariette,
    it always is so interesting, when you tell us about the past! Thank you!
    Love the picture!
    Sending Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      This is way back in the past and almost 400 years in 2020! But to see those Pilgrims embark on their long and dangerous journey makes you feel so blessed for living now.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. So interesting post for the history and the past ! I always enjoy to read about the other countries and their history ! Dutch has a rich history about the sea ,they traveled all over the world ! I wish to you a Happy Thanksgiving week and I know why you celebrate this fourth Thursday of November !
    My love,Olympia

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      This was in the glory days of the Dutch Republic as it is called the Golden Age. They did trade all over the world and were pretty much dominant on the seas.
      Thank you for your wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving; we have so much for being grateful for!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,

    SEHR EINDRUCKSVOLL!

    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja so etwas macht eben Heute noch viel Eindruck!
      Lieber Gruss mit Regen zurück.
      Mariette

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  8. Dear Mariette,
    what an interesting post!!!l always learn something new visiting your posts!!
    Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Glad you found it interesting. These are often facts that the majority of people have no clue about. But it is true history... Thanks for your wishes. We will have sunny but cold weather on Thanksgiving Day so that is great after the somber and wet days we have before...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Very interesting, Mariette. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      It indeed is very interesting for reading more about this history, almost 400 years ago...
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Hello Mariette, This is an appropriate week to learn these interesting links between Dutch and American history. President Garfield's birthplace was right up the road from where I last lived in Ohio, in Moreland Hills, and his beautiful Victorian house, called Lawnfield, is now a museum in Mentor, Ohio, and close to the city of Painesville that I wrote about once before.

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Always interesting when certain facts from history become more meaningful because they happened near the area we personally know. Good thing that it has become a museum as we need to preserve what little we have on history, compared to the Old World.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well; even when far away but it remains in our hearts!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. I enjoyed this, reading historical things interest me and learning about other countries and their cultures and how things came to be is interesting, I hope your thanksgiving is a happy and safe on

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you for taking the time to learn about history!
      We will have a lovely Thanksgiving after a couple of miserable dark and wet days... That's life!
      The more we will appreciate the good things.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Interesting to read your post and thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the rest of the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank you, it will be sunny again on Thanksgiving but cold at 9°C but better than the rain we had today and for tomorrow.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. What so interesting post! I've loved it! Congratulations!!!

    Marina

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your well wishes for Thanksgiving!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. That is very interesting. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
    Hugs,
    Eva

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    1. Dearest Eva,
      History is always interesting and we all can learn from it... if we really want to.
      Thank you for your Thanksgiving wishes!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Dearest Mariette,
    I was enjoyd of the history of the other countries. your Thanksgivig days has cold after the rains all days.
    We has 31 hot days and my golfing was better players with PUTTING 29 putts and I won today!
    Hugs to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      History is something that reads well and we all can learn from it. The rain has stopped here and I'm glad you got to play an excellent round of golf today. Congrats for winning!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Interesting post, I didn't know much about the Pilgrimfathers. Had once learnt it at school, but almost forgot.

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    1. Dearest Marianne,
      Oh, we did brush up a lot on old history as it tells you more if you live in a country where it all unfolded. Going to Epcot Center and learning about the American history told by Mark Twain, we both were quite touched by a huge decor where we saw a hill in the snow and some people just walked back to their homes after having buried their children. So many perished from that Mayflower journey of 66 days. They lived in Leiden for 11 years and such a dramatic ending in the New World. Next post shows even more about that. We had that on our retina for some 30 years now...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  17. Cara Mariette,grazie per averci raccontato un pò di storia americana...io ora ne so qualcosa in più!
    PS-hai ragione per quanto hai scritto nel mio post...in effetti io abito in Italia...perchè mai cercare di rendere nordica una casa?E' giusto che ogniuno di noi mantenga le proprie tradizioni ed io forse mi sono fatta "un pò troppo contagiare dai blog nordici"☺
    Un bacione cara e scusa se ho approfittato del commento...ma non riesco a far partire le mails...quanti problemi uffa!!!
    Anna

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    1. Cara Anna,
      Devo raccontarlo... perche io amo storia e esso riguarda tutti noi!
      Davvero to sei Italiana e molto, molto talento per creare il tuo proprio stile.
      No preocccuparti! Sei un'amica e che è più importante!
      Abbracci.
      Mariette.

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  18. un post molto interessate!!!!!!!! ti abbraccio forte forte Lory

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    1. Cara Lory,
      Grazie e mi fa piacere per raccontarlo a voi...
      Anche un abbraccio grande da me.
      Mariette

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  19. Dearest Mariette,
    This is again such an interesting post! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!
    Hugs from the Alps :)

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      Well, it is quite some history and in a way it does affect all of us on this little world where we live together under the same sky. Thanks for wishing us a great Thanksgiving. We have so much for being grateful for!!!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Dearest Mariette,
    your post about the american presidents is so interesting!!!
    I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      This certainly is very interesting as it is quite a large number of descendants from the Pilgrims that became US President since 1620.
      Thank you for wishing us a very happy Thanksgiving!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Dearest Mariette,
    Thanks for such an informative and interesting post. It helps to understand American history as I did not grow up in the US.

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    1. Dearest Munir,
      Neither did we grow up here but the Dutch and the USA history is so interwoven in many ways that we did study a lot more about it. But moving to the USA of course makes things even more different than only from the history books.
      Hugs and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
      Mariette

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  22. PS I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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