I have to give a presentation on the Colonial Period. My teacher gave me some keywords: Virginia first permanent setllement; Puritans: Mayflower; 1636 first American university at Harvard; Rhode Island first colony to establish full religious freedom.
So could you please help me to connect them and to find suitable transitions ?
Or could you please give me important information about the seperate subject areas in general ?
Thanking you in anticipation ! :)
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The first permanent settlement in the US was in VA. But the Puritans are better-known and more celebrated. We never talk about Jamestown, just about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims, Maybe that's because they came over for religious reasons. Maybe it's because they were into education and did things like founding Harvard. If these are all the keywords you're supposed to cover, I think this must be what your teacher is getting at by only giving any extra info about the NE area.
One thing to be aware of is that the RI people set up religious freedom after the were thrown out of MA for having the wrong religious beliefs. So most of the Puritans weren't really into religious freedom -- they just wanted their own beliefs to dominate.
I think that you could provide an interesting presentation on the historical importance of Harvard. We associate it, today, with its fine reputation as one of the best schools in the country, but was the original intention of the school? It was to educate religious ministers -- it was not a university of liberal arts. I think that looking at the Puritans, their motives, and the culmination of that as seen in the founding of Harvard College could be enlightening.
Perhaps a small point here, but strictly speaking, the Pilgrims weren't Puritans. Pilgrims were Separatists, advocating separation from the Church of England. Puritans, on the other hand, wanted to "purify" the Church of its supposedly Catholic trappings but to remain in it. A small difference that would fade over time, but a significant one.
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