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Scholars team up to expel 400-year-old ‘fake news’ about US

FILE – June 27, 2006, file photo shows a 17th century costumed role player, who called himself Samuel Fuller, in a 1627 Pilgrim Village at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. Leading scholars from around the world together to shed more light on how America got its start. Prominent museums and historical societies from the USA and Europe that specialize in the 17th century, have formed New England at the Beginning. The group said that it also tries to dispel myths about how the colonists interacted with native americans. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)

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BOSTON – Leading scholars from around the world together to shed more light on how America got its start.

Nineteen prominent museums and historical societies from the USA and Europe that specialize in the 17th century, have formed New England at the Beginning .

The group with using mobile phone apps, searchable online archive, and conventional lectures to showcase the crucial role of the 1600s played in the shaping of what would become the United States.

The members hope to benefit from the resurgent interest in the period as the country embarks on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims ‘ arrival in 2020.

Coordinator Francis Bremer says New England Beginning is also trying to dispel myths and challenge long-held assumptions about how the colonists interacted with native americans.

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