The European explorers didn’t know what to expect when they immigrated to the New World. With this in mind, John Endicott, an English Puritan, went out of his way to help welcome the other immigrants arriving in the new, strange land.

What he did next became his legacy for the centuries to follow, and the story behind it is absolutely fascinating!

In a symbolic gesture, Endicott took a pear sapling from Europe and planted it in Danvers, Massachusetts.