Blunderbuss is an Anglicization of the Dutch word donderbus which when traced back to Germanic roots translates to “thunder” (dunder) and “gun” (buchse). The word has become synonymous with any short musket with a barrel that flares at the muzzle. Blunderbusses came into vogue during the 16th century, first originating in Holland. The style of weapon has long been associated with early English immigrants (ie. Pilgrims) leading many to believe that the style must have originated in England. However, when the pilgrims were escaping religious persecution in Britian, their first exodus took them to Holland prior to their migration to the Americas. The common blunderbuss was obtained there as a means to defense on their voyage to new lands.
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