Why Did The Puritans Were Able To Leave The Great Migration From The 1700s

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1. The Puritans were able to leave all they had in England to seek religious, political, and economical freedom from the English throne by building a new civilization in Massachusetts, an unexplored and foreign terrain for almost all the Puritans. First of all, the Puritans were English protestants, who wanted the Church of England reformed and perished of all Roman Catholic remnants but did not want to separate from the Church; they were “non-separatists” unlike the Pilgrims ("Religion and the Founding of the American Republic"). Then, in the 1620s, the Puritans faced religious persecution for not following religious beliefs that they absolutely hated ("Religion and the Founding of the American Republic"). In these times of turmoil, the Puritans …show more content…
By then tens of thousands of people, most of them leading prosperous lives in England, left what they had economically back in their home country to risk life in a foreign land for the sake of religion (Bettlock).

Bettlock, Lynn. "New England 's Great Migration." A Survey of New England: 1620 - 1640. N.p.,
n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. .

"Religion and the Founding of the American Republic." Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 28
Sept. 2015. .

2. The Puritans formed the basis of American democracy with their town meetings, suffrage system, written agreements, etc. Town meetings were held by the
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The Puritans led New England to become economically successful by utilizing the ports and resources available to them. New England’s climate and geography was not suited for large-scale agriculture because of the lack of arable soil, rocky grounds, and long winters, which was unlike most of the other English colonies that had environments suited for agriculture and economies based on it (“New England”). The Puritans and the rest of the New England population for a period of time relied on the incoming immigrant population as an economy but with a serious fall in immigration in the 1640s, the New England economy was in shambles (Rousseau and Caleb 2). However, afterwards, the settlers soon took advantage of the fact that the New England area was located near the coast and used this advantage to establish trading networks that would lead to the establishment of many different industries, which included (but was not limited to) the fishing and grain trade, shipbuilding, and caskmaking (Rousseau and Caleb 3). These different industries grew to become so successful like Massachusetts’s cod fishery industry, which was flourishing financially (“New England”). By the mid-17th century, the Massachusetts Bay Colony that was under Puritan rule continued to prosper and the colony’s capital, Boston, became one of America’s most important ports and one of the English Empire’s more important commercial centers (“New

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