Originally Posted by jtur88
If a team were called the Pilgrims (some actually were), should a whole group of multi-generational Americans get all in a huff because their ancestors might be displayed mascotly as the pre-industrial agrarian witch-burners they actually were in real life?
"Puritans" is the umbrella reference term for those Church of England dissenters who first migrated to the Netherlands, and then founded colonies in New England. "Pilgrims" specifically references a group which settled in Plymouth, Massachessetts on what is today Cape Cod Bay. They are the dudes with the Mayflower Compact, the Rock, and the First Thanksgiving.
Down alongside Massachussetts Bay you will find the village of Salem, whose Puritans, not Pilgrims, along with neighbors in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties, staged the witch trials.
So, yeah, if a team called the Pilgrims were to be portrayed as pre industrial, agrarian witch burners, then folks would have a right to get huffy, you would be slandering them.