Colonial House
Mythconceptions Quiz

Over the course of American history, myths, half-truths, and downright lies have grown up around the earliest European colonists. Everyone knows, for example, that the Pilgrims enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast of turkey and mashed potatoes during the fall of 1621. Or that an Indian named Pocahontas saved the life of colonist Captain John Smith. Or that most early colonists came to the New World in search of religious freedom.

Or did they?

Many of these widely believed ideas are plainly and simply not true. In the following activity, test your knowledge about the lives, legends, and misconceptions surrounding the early colonists. Do you know the truth about colonial life, or have you missed the Mayflower?