|Plymouth Plantation Today|
Even before they created a unique republic, Americans were a different breed than their European cousins. Pioneers who ventured far from home across a dangerous ocean were, by nature, adventurous and ambitious. Unhampered by close government scrutiny and blessed with abundant resources and relatively free markets, raw energy and ambition drove astonishing growth. Best of all, nobility did not have the sole claim to created wealth. Everyone, independent of station, could participate in any enterprise they chose and own the fruits of their labor or wits.