Plymouth is one of the largest ports in England. The city is situated on the English Channel on the south-west coast of Britain. The city was founded in the 11th century on the river Plym, which gave it the name - Plymouth loosely translates into the "mouth of the River Plym," i.e. the place where it flows into the sea. As a port city Plymouth grew rapidly and it also grew rich on sea trade, becoming a prosperous center. Its history has always been closely associated with the sea and sailing but setting out of the sailing ship called "Mayflower" was the most famous event in the history of the city. There were 120 pilgrims on board who set off towards the shores of the New World in 1620. The event is considered today as the beginning of the English colonization of America.