Southampton is the largest city in the county of Hampshire in England. It also has a very large port. In July 1620, the Pilgrims began loading supplies onto the Mayflower and the Speedwell in Southampton. They planned to leave for the New World on August 5, but the Speedwell leaked after sailing about 300 miles out to sea. Finally, they all boarded the Mayflower in Plymouth, England and departed on September 6, 1620.
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