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Puritans And Native Americans

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During the Great Migration of the 1630s, the Puritans’ faith in creating a new society of purified Protestant believes had led to 198 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean to New England, bringing in around fourteen thousand settlers. As they arrived in the new colony, the settlers believed they had passed the test of will posed by God, resulting in an even greater faith in God’s favor. Yet, such a high faith in divine power and righteousness did very little to resolve the confrontation between the newly arrived Puritans and the Native Americans of New England; the faith, in fact, worsened the conflicting situation. One may question whether the subsequent bloodshed could have been avoided otherwise. However, the confrontation between the…show more content…
As these distinct lifestyles were ingrained in each of the two groups, it was impossible for any of the two to change their ways of living within such a short period of time. The New England’s colonists recognized the difference, yet insisted on not changing their own settled lives. According to a colonist John Eliot, he viewed that the native people should change their “unfixed, confused, and ungoverned a life.” This quotation showed that the New English would not adapt to the natives in any way and they forced the natives to do the impossible – to change the way they had been living for generations before the settlement. These differences between the natives’ way of living and that of the colonists led to the gradual accumulation of conflicts, which eventually resulted in an inescapable violence. The warfare was also made unpreventable by the Puritans’ highly ingrained religious belief that regarded the colonists as being superior to the natives and thus made them intolerant to differences in cultures. According to Alan Taylor, “[a] leading New Englander denounced ‘the lawlessnesse of liberty of conscience’ as an invitation to heresy and anarchy, and ultimately to divine anger and punishment.” This shows how the Puritans did not stand any difference in religious beliefs, as they deemed any act of disbelief a foul action provoking the divine wrath. The evidence of how the Puritans viewed their act of violence as God’s will is
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