Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?
“The Separatists, envying the prosperity and hope of the plantation at Ma-re Mount (which they perceived began to come forward and to be in a good way for gain in the beaver trade) conspired together against mine host especially and mustered up what aid they could, accounting of him as of a great monster. Many threatening speeches were given out both against his person and his habitation, which they divulged should be consumed with fire.”
It belongs to The Third Book. The Incident at Merry Mount. Chapter XIV. Of the Revels of New Canaan.
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The text you have quoted seems to refer to the growing difference and opposition between various groups as America is settled by Europeans moving over there for a wide range of motives. Clearly, what is infered in the quote you have identified, is that the author does not think very much of the Separatists, whose motives seem to be governed more by personal greed, as they try to take land not for religious reasons, but because of the way it would help them get ahead in the beaver trade. This text therefore demonstrates how religion was used to mask profiteering avarice. The text is also very threatening in the way that it threatens arson with profound hell-like connotations. Moving to a new colony with the lack of infrastructure and systems of law and order clearly had its opportunities but also its tremendous dangers.
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