The Importance Of Immigrants In America In The 1600s

1392 Words6 Pages
America has always seemed to be a place to set about a new life and start over, a clean slate. Immigration in America in the 1600s, however, was much different than current immigration today in America in that most of the people then were searching for economic benefits for their countries or religious freedom. Today, most people that come to America are searching for new opportunities such as education, jobs, a safe place for their families, or even freedom. All in all, people that have reached America, based on their values, characteristics, experiences, or challenges, were determined to find something new and beneficial for their own survival. Over the years, values in American immigrants have changed and so have many characteristics. In the 1600s some of the main motives for early immigration were God, Glory, and Gold; these ideas drove many Europeans to America because there was such a high desire for economic growth and power during that time. First the explorers set sail to find new directions of travel, but soon found America, the New World, a new opportunity for advancement; which thus attracted the Entrepreneurs. More and more Europeans flocked to the New World to gain wealth consisting of land, money, and power. As America grew, it became a land of renewal and soon tempted religious expansion and freedom. Early religious immigrants known as Puritans came to America from England to either teach Native Americans of their religion or “purify” it because many believed it had been corrupted by the English church. John Winthrop, a puritan from this time, wrote a descriptive piece on how they were able to alter the damaged part of the religion, saying, “Our civil Government is mixt: the freemen choose the magistrates every year...and at 4 courts in the year 3 out of each town (there being 8 in all) do assist the magistrates in making laws, imposing taxes, and disposing of lands: our Juries are chosen by the freemen of [every] town. Our Churches are governed by Pastors, Teachers ruling Elders and Deacons, yet the power lies in the whole Congregation and not in the Presbytery [not in a larger council of churches] further than for order and precedence” (Winthrop, Digital Hisotry). These people wanted to
Get Access