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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 1, Number 10, November 12, 1996



1. The Pilgrims left England on September 16, 1620 and arrived in the
New World on November 21, 1620. Their voyage across the Atlantic
Ocean took about _____ months.

2. A month later the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony. In 1691 the
Plymouth Colony joined other New England colonies to be part of the
Massachusetts Bay Colony. If you arrived on the Mayflower at the age
of nine, how old would you be in 1691?

3. Peregrine White was the first English child born in New England. He
was born on the Mayflower in 1620, soon after the Pilgrims arrived. He
lived for about 84 years. Was Peregrine White alive when the Plymouth
Colony became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

4. The tradition of Thanksgiving Day was started in Plymouth Colony in
1621. It has been celebrated on different dates in North America. In
December, 1941, more than ______  hundred years after the Pilgrims
gave their thanks, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Thanksgiving Day
would be the fourth Thursday in November.

5. In the U.S., the latest date that Thanksgiving can fall on is November
28. The earliest date possible would be November ____.

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