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John Brierton was believed to be a great grandson of Sir Randle Brereton of Malpas, Cheshire. In March 1602 he set sail with 30 others from Falmouth on a small ship called Concord, under the command of Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

They made landfall on the southern coast of Maine. After some exploration up and down the coast they returned to England in July 1602. They were said to have been the first Englishmen to tread the white sands of Massachusetts Bay and they named the headland Cape Cod.

After the voyage John Brierton wrote an account of the voyage titled " A Briefe and True Relation of the Discoverie of the North Part of Virginia". The title changed slightly between the first and second editions as did the spelling of his surname. The first edition was by John Brierton and the second edition by John Brereton - in keeping with surname spelling variations of the period.

Source: From Frank Brierton


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