Religion in the Thirteen Colonies

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Where and why did the Puritans settle?

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Puritans were members of the Church of England that wished to purify the church. Most did not want to separate from the Church of England but rather reform it, although there were some separating Puritans as well. The most well-known group of Puritans that wanted to separate from the Church of England were the Pilgrims. In England, the Pilgrims were subject to investigations and social hostility from conforming members of the church. Those that conformed were hostile to the Puritans for wanting to change the ways of the church. The Pilgrims left England, first moving to Dutch areas before settling in the Plymouth Colony. Non-separatist Puritans settled throughout New England, and most came to the new world for religious freedom. They established the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Saybrook Colony, Connecticut Colony, and New Haven Colony. Puritans could also be found in New Hampshire.

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