Antique 10" Staffordshire pearlware plate celebrating the 50th anniversary of American Independence and several other important historical events of the young nation's past. The cartouche at the top of the plate proclaims "`AMERICA INDEPENDENT' July 4, 1776. The center scene is captioned "The LANDING of the FATHERS at PLYMOUTH, Dec. 22, 1620" and shows a small boat with eight men attempting to land at a large rock while two Native American Indians watch from nearby. Ice and snow blanket the landscape and cling to the rocks while a three-masted ship awaits the men's return out in the bay. A caption near the landing rock gives the names of most of the men depicted in the landing scene and lists: Carver, Bradford, Winslow, Brewster, & Standish. At the bottom of the plate, another cartouche simply lists `WASHINGTON' Born 1732 Died 1799. Along the left and right sides of the plate are two more cartouches, but these have small vignettes in them rather than written text. The cartouche on the right side (at the 3 o'clock position) shows two ships opposing each other and in the surrounding scroll border are the names `Boxer' and `Enterprise.' This small cartouche commemorates a battle at sea that took place on September 5, 1813 between the USS Enterprise and the British Brig `HMS Boxer' during the War of 1812. This plate, of course was produced in England by Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, a town in Staffordshire. Ref: Geoffrey A Godden's `Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks' published in 1964 by Bonanza Books, New York 1964 pg 686. The impressed mark on the back of the plate listed here was used by Wood & Sons from July, 1818 up through the 1820s and into the 1830s (ibid. 686, variant of marks #4257 & 4258). Wt to ship. PROVENANCE: The Private Estate of a Atlanta, Georgia Antiques Dealer.