The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

November 9, 2011

November 9, 1620

The passengers aboard the Mayflower sighted the land that we now call Cape Cod on November 9, 1620. The passengers included "one or two cats." We learn this from a book titled Everything Cats Expect You to Know.(2007) The author, Elizabeth Martyn has a series of popular interest books about cats, and there is no need to expect any of them are well-researched. There is no reason to doubt her information about the Mayflower though, or her assertion that the Mayflower cats arrived after the Jesuits brought cats to what we now consider Quebec in the 1500s. 

No comments: