John Howland

As the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic in 1620, an indentured servant named John Howland, traveled with the Pilgrims and was swept overboard during a storm. Howland managed to seize a trailing halyard and was pulled back to safety—going on to sign the Mayflower Compact and help to form the Plymouth Colony. In the New World his descendants have included:

If Howland had lost his life in that storm, none of these people would have existed.

Via: Futility Closet

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