The Earliest

Stephen Deane

He arrived on the Fortune,
which Plymouth did not consider
fortunate, in November, 1621,
bringing more colonists
instead of supplies
to the land of square buckled
black hats.

Floating at the edge
of history, rarely named
in contemporaneous accounts,
he was given permission
in January, 1633,
to build a mill,
apparently his second,
“to pound corn
upon the brook
adjoining to the town.”

Having built the first two mills
in the English colonies,
he left his seed
and died
September, 1634.

My first claim
upon America.

Stephen Deane

He arrived on the Fortune,

which Plymouth did not consider

fortunate, in November, 1621,

bringing more colonists

instead of supplies

to the land of square buckled

black hats.

Floating at the edge

of history, rarely named

in contemporaneous accounts,

he was given permission

in January, 1633,

to build a mill,
apparently his second,
“to pound corn
upon the brook
adjoining to the town.”

Having built the first two mills

in the English colonies,

he left his seed

and died

September, 1634.

My first claim

upon America.

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