Social Development Of The Puritan Society Of New England And Colonial England

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The development of the Puritan society of New England in the Massachusetts Bay area and the Jamestown society of the Chesapeake region before 1700 were similar socially by way of Native Indian encounters and taking of their land and by the difference of the rich and poor in each society. Also, the two societies were similar because they both established order and law through written documents. On the other hand, the Puritan society and Jamestown society differed socially due to the fact that Jamestown chose to use indentured servants and slaves while the Puritans relied on their own families for work as well as the fact that individual men tended to travel to Jamestown more while whole families colonized the Massachusetts Bay area. Also, religion …show more content…
Document 6 states that the Virginia colonies, specifically Jamestown, needs help because they do not have enough men or other resources to defend their region against the Indians. Governor Berkeley is writing this declaration to the king of England in an attempt to ask and gain his help to protect the Jamestown society from oncoming Indian advances from many frontiers and hopefully gain some of their land in an attempt to expand as well. A result of the tension between the Jamestown settlers and the natives was the Indian Uprising of 1622 where the Indians killed two-thirds of colonists in the Jamestown society and so the colonists used this as justification to take their land as a form of revenge. Similarly, the Puritan society wanted the land of the Native Americans and had many clashes with them such as the Pequot War where the Pequot tribe fought both the fur trade and the stealing of Indian land; however, the Pequot tribe lost and the Puritans saw this as a sign from God that He has given them permission to take Indian land. The reason for this similarity is because both the Puritan and Jamestown societies settled on what was originally Indian land, angering the natives and prompting them to clash with the English colonizers. Since the Indians didn’t have the technology the English had, they lost on …show more content…
Document 7 states that the wealthier people have “sucked up” all the treasure that the settlers of Jamestown originally came for and have left nothing for anyone else making them a sort of thief. 1676 is a time when people are beginning to get upset that the difference between the upper and lower class is becoming greater and Nathaniel Bacon writes this to express the grievances that the lower class people are feeling. A result of this anger and tension is Bacon’s Rebellion where Nathaniel Bacon leads the lower class people in a fight against what they see as injustice; they create the “Declaration of the People of Virginia” which accused Governor Berkeley of levying unfair taxes and failing to protect the smaller farms in the Jamestown area. Likewise, document 1 states that “some must be rich, some poor, some high and eminent in power and dignity, other mean and in subjection” meaning that there must be a distinct difference in the social classes for their society to function. 1630 is the time of the Great Migration for the Puritan society to the British North America colonies where they hoped to escape religious persecution. John Winthrop, as a Puritan leader, had strict view on the way of life that should be lived based off of the interpretation of the Bible that he possessed which included that God blesses people by giving them

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