Puritans And The New England

1248 WordsOct 2, 20155 Pages
Throughout fifteenth century England, Puritanism was severely persecuted. Puritans were forced to go to the Anglican Church where they were also pushed into associating with those that were predestined for Hell. The Puritans wished to purify the Church of England in a way that allowed them to not only practice their religion, but to do so in a different location than the Hell-bound. In 1620, the Puritans left England and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they were free to practice Puritanism. The ideas and values held by the Puritans influenced the political, economic and social development of the New England colonies from 1630 to 1660. The Puritans valued different things than the Dutch settlers in New York and the English settlers in Virginia and other southern colonies. These differing values led to political developments unique to the New England colonies. Before leaving the ship and setting foot in the new World, the Puritans developed the Mayflower Compact, which was an agreement to form a government and vote by majority rule. This led to the development of town meetings, eventually taking place in the Town Hall. Along with an emphasis on democracy in New England politics there was a humongous emphasis on religion. In the Enlarged Salem Covenant of 1636, it is stated that in public or private, the Puritans would not willingly do anything to the offence of the church, would bind themselves to studying the advancement of the gospel, would not intentionally harm
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