New England Colonies Dbq

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From 1630 through the 1620s, many ideas and values held by Puritans influenced the social, political, and economic development of the New England colonies. The belief of community and unity influenced the social development of the colonies. Under the idea of a limited, self-government came the Puritan’s political system was formed. With hopes to sustain an economy, the ideas of trade, were used. The colonists’ ideas of predestination, shared sense of purpose, and religious tolerance and intolerance contributed to the development the New England colonies economically, politically, and socially. With the teachings of God, and the Puritan ideas based on those teachings, came the development of the colonies. Ever since Martin Luther ignited …show more content…
In order to continue their living, the economy was formed with the help of fish, fur, lumber and others. Plymouth settlers had fishing villages and other settlements but the Massachusetts Bay Colony that prospered in the trade related areas such as fur trading, fishing and shipbuilding. John Winthrop was the colony’s first governor and his beliefs of working as one man, supplying others and labouring and suffering together (document A) His beliefs were used by Bay colonist and influenced them socially and economically. The Bay Colony was special due to their shared sense of purpose. The Puritans at Bay Colony believed that they had an agreement with God to build a holy society that would be a model for humankind. The Bay Colony had formed town Governments that discussed local issues, voted, and went along with majority-rule. Even though it was a representative assembly, only Puritans could vote, and that was due to the fact that they were the only ones who were eligible for church membership. Their idea was that the government was created to enforce God’s laws. John Cotton even devoted himself to defending the government’s duty on enforcing religious rules. Limitation of government was one of those rules, he stated that no man should …show more content…
Those documents contributed to the development of the colonies like Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay but there were also documents that helped develop colonies like Rhode Island. Roger Williams’ “A Plea for Religious Liberty,” he mentions how God did not require a uniformity, a sameness of religion to be enforced due to the fact that it will occasionally bring civil war (document F). Other than internal matters and beliefs, the colonist faced another issue that also involves persons with different belief than their own but this issue does help develop the colonies socially and economically. Many encounters with the Indians for land, soon led to war. Settlers who wanted to expand Connecticut, ended up fighting with the Indians in the Pequot War. The war slaughtered and practically annihilated the Pequot tribe and as William Bradford stated in his documentary of what happened after the colonists’ attacked the Pequot, was that victory seemed more like a sweet sacrifice and colonists praised God for gaining that victory over a blasphemous enemy (document D). The blasphemous enemy, the Pequots who had differing beliefs compared to the colonist became minor threats to the colonist after the war. To further continue the

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