- Financial - they saw little room for improvement in their employment situation in Holland
- Security - they were afraid that Holland and Spain would soon be at war
- Evangelism - their move would provide an opportunity for propagation of their faith
- For the sake of the children - they were worried that their children were becoming more Dutch than English and that they were being tempted into sinful behaviors.
These are the causes that still motivate immigrants across the globe. I was particularly struck with the incentive of moving so that one's children will have a better life. I have many friends who once they became parents uprooted themselves from favorite urban settings or paid more than they wanted to pay for a house just so they could live in a more highly-rated public school system.
In searching for a visual device that would suggest the temptations of youth, I settled on graffiti as a fast-read symbol for urban crime and youthful rebellion. Juxtaposing the Pilgrims into a modern setting is something I envisioned when I first thought about this series, so this print is a test of that concept.
The graffiti I referenced comes from the streets of Amsterdam. What it actually says isn't relevant to the print - it's just a tag (someone's name) as far as I can tell. It will also be further obscured in the next step. I did add a little crown symbol, as the poor Separatists were always fearing that James I was after them, which he often was.