Why did the Puritans and Quakers leave Europe for the American in the 1600s???

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Both of these groups left Europe to escape what they saw as religious persecution.  The Puritans wanted a place where they could set up their own communities with their own established church instead of having to live under the Church of England which they thought was too much like the Catholic Church.  The Quakers were often persecuted for their beliefs, with William Penn, for example, being jailed at least three times for acting on his beliefs (refusing to swear allegiance to the government, refusing to act respectfully towards his "betters").  They wanted a community where all would be free to follow their own religion.


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