The Colonists Of The Massachusetts Bay Colonists

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In 1630, John Winthrop led over a thousand Puritans to Massachusetts, with the intent to create a model of righteous living. Winthrop expressed his vision as he stated: “We shall be as a city upon a hill; the eyes of all people are upon us”. The entire lives of the Massachusetts Bay colonists were set on following their strict, “purified” religion, in everything from their family to their clothing to their courts to their education.
The Puritans put great importance on the family. Most of the Puritans were farming families who owned a small plot of land to plant and harvest. Women helped in the fields, and men had some sort of profession such as a hunter, miller, or minister. A typical Puritan family included the husband and wife, along with three or four children. However, during the lives of the parents, eight to twelve children would usually be born into the family.
The Puritans often lived longer lives than those of fellow colonists and even of the English. It’s been said that New England “invented grandparents” because for the first time, large numbers of people could grow old enough to see their grandchildren (Massachusetts).
The Puritan family had significant patriarchal authority. The father owned most of the property, and represented their households in the Puritan social and governing circles. The father also orchestrated his children’s marriages and decided how his property would be distributed among his inheritances. The church doctrine was what ultimately…
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