Puritanism Was A Religious Reform Movement Essay

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Puritanism was a religious reform movement that arose within the Church of England in the late sixteenth century. They were not perceived well by the monarchy in England, leading to their persecution. This persecution caused Puritains of the time to leave their homes in hopes of freedom in the New World to pray and worship as they like, but many soon after lost focus on this original purpose and moved on to new ones. In the writings of Puritains such as, "Huswifery", "Of Plymouth Plantaion", and other works. you see the transformation from their original purpose, of free worship, for traveling to the New World, to newer purposes such as conversion of non-believers, wealth, and culture. While Puritains came to the New World to avoid persecution and to worship as they liked, they didn 't extend this luxury to others in the colonies, even the Native Americans. An example of this is John Eliot, a man who after reaching the colonies, devoted his time to learning the languages of natives and preaching to them, in hopes of converting them. In "Of Plymouth Plantation", William Bradford writes, "Besidesm what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness full of wild beasts and wild men?" The wild men Bradford refers to are the Native Americans, and for a long time this is what they were seen as; less than human and savages that were in need of their religious guidance, that only the Puritains of the time could give them. Later on, when commmunication between Puritains and…

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