New England Colonies Religious Beliefs

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In 1607, the first English colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia. The permanent settlement by John Smith created opportunities for more Englishmen to form colonies in North America, the upper North being the New England colonies. The New England colonies were continuously developing during the 1600s and 1700s. The religious beliefs and relationships of the colonies with the Native Americans remained the same, but they had shifted from a labor system of indentured servants to slavery and instigated ideas of individualism. The results of the changes and consistent aspects of colonial life created an identity of American equality. The religious beliefs of the colonists had some aspects of it that stayed the same overtime while some changed. Majority of the New England colonies were founded upon religion, and very much of that remained a part of society. In the 1700s there occurred a movement of religious revivals, the Great Awakening, which swept over the American colonies. It sparked more interest in religion and revived the faith some had begun to doubt. Public sermons were held to convert. George Whitefield was an English clergyman, and only one of the many, known for his charismatic speeches powerful enough to convert many into religion. The movement united the colonists, advocated for greater …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that jamestown, virginia, was the first english colony founded in 1607. the permanent settlement by john smith created opportunities for more englishmen to form colonies in north america, the upper north being the new england colonies.
  • Explains that the great awakening, which swept over the american colonies, sparked more interest in religion and revived the faith some had begun to doubt.
  • Explains that new england colonists formed ideas of individualism through the enlightenment, which affected religious and political areas of american colonial life.
  • Explains that colonial-indian relations in new england were inconsistent in conflict. natives suffered from disintegration of their culture, loss of land, and death tolls.
  • Explains how the british government imposed the navigation acts of 1650, which enforced british mercantilism by restricting trade of the european colonies.

One movement that sparked such ideas was the Enlightenment, otherwise known as the “Age of Reason”. While the Enlightenment gave rise to the arts and sciences, it also greatly affected the religious and political areas of American colonial life. Previously, the New England colonists had little doubt over the authority the church had over them, but as the Enlightenment also challenged that authority just like the Great Awakening, the colonists realized they had natural and individual rights to choose one’s

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