Plymouth: Rescued Chilean miners experience American colonial history at Plimoth Plantation

More than seven months ago, 33 Chilean miners trapped in a mine in Chile, grabbed the world’s attention as they spent 69 days almost 3,000 feet beneath the earth’s surface. Americans were glued to their television sets, watching live as the miners were rescued one-by-one and brought to the surface. WATD’s Steven Dodrill spent time yesterday in Plymouth with two of the men, who in this country are a symbol of hope, and tell a story of inspiration.

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Florencio Silva, the first miner rescued, and Omar Rojas, the 17th miner rescued visit a piece of American history right in our own backyard. The pair spent Wednesday afternoon aboard the Mayflower II on the Plymouth waterfront, and spent time exploring Plimoth Plantation and the Native American Home site, learning more about America’s colonial history. WATD’s Steven Dodrill spoke with Florencio and Omar through their translator Angel in the plantation’s educational center. They say they have enjoyed their trip to Massachusetts, but admit its a place they knew very little about before arriving.

(Photo Credit//Steven Dodrill,

The visit by the two Chileans is part of a much larger visit to Massachusetts, and the United States, to raise money for MetroWest ESL, an English as a second language program based in Framingham. Program Director Christine Tibor says it’s taken months to plan the trip.

Omar and Florencio will be attending the MetroWest Gala in Framingham Thursday night, and then it’s back to the road.

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About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.