Why were the Puritans the first to import printing presses to the colonies?

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The Puritans were the first to bring printing presses to the colonies partly because they were some of the earliest colonists and partly because they particularly valued the printed word.

Puritans, more than many other groups, felt that the printed word was important.  The Puritans believed that all people should be able to read the Bible and think about its meaning for themselves.  Because of this, they believed that it was vital that people be able to read.  They felt that reading was, in a sense, important to people’s spiritual health.

Because the Puritans felt that reading was so important, and because they wanted to produce religious writings, they brought printing presses to the colonies.  They brought them before people from Jamestown because they were much more interested in literacy than the settlers in Virginia.

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