William Bradford (1590-1657) was a founder and longtime governor of the Plymouth Colony settlement. Born in England, he migrated with the Separatist congregation to the Netherlands as a teenager. Bradford was among the passengers on the Mayflower’s trans-Atlantic journey, and he signed the Mayflower Compact upon arriving in Massachusetts in 1620. As Plymouth Colony governor for more than thirty years, Bradford helped write their laws and set up a community based on agriculture and religious tolerance. Around 1630, he began to write his two-volume book called “Of Plymouth Plantation,” one of the most important early chronicles of the settlement of New England.