For the New England colonies, faith and the concept of “God’s Providence” was more than a simple English pleasantry or a casual afterthought in conversation. Unlike their Chesapeake Bay forbearers, the leaders of the New England colonies, on whose accounts we base much of our information of the early founding, and the decisions that they made were shaped by their understanding of God’s role in their lives and their role in his plan. Whereas for the Jamestown colonists, which will be looked at later, it appears that “God’s Providence” was referred to in a way not unlike the phrase “thank God” is used today, as in, when something good happens or a risky endeavor goes surprisingly well. For the leaders and predominant founders of the New England colonies, however, “God’s Providence” was an ...
... middle of paper ...
...f the English colony in Virginia, extracted from the authors following by William Simons, Doctor of Divinity.” In Jamestown Narratives: Eyewitness Accounts of the Virginia Colony, edited by Edward Wright Haile. Champlain, VA: RoundHouse, 1998.
Strachey, William. “A True Reportory of the wrack and redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, knight, upon and from the Islands of the Bermudas; his coming to Virginia, and the estate of that colony then, and after under the government of the Lord La Warre. July 15, 1610. Written by William Strachey, esquire.” In Jamestown Narratives: Eyewitness Accounts of the Virginia Colony, edited by Edward Wright Haile. Champlain, VA: RoundHouse, 1998.
Winthrop, John. The Journal of John Winthrop 1630-1649. Abridged ed. Edited by Richard S. Dunn and Laetitia Yeandle. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- American Colonies: Contrasting the New England and Southern Colonists The New England and Southern Colonies were both settled largely by the English. By 1700, the regions had evolved into two distinct societies. The southern colonies have characteristics that are the antithesis of the New England colonies attributes. New England was colonized for Freedom of Worship and freedom of political thought. The Southern colonies were developed for freedom of economic opportunity. The New England colonies had aspirations for a distinct society, where they could show their homeland, how a country should be run.... [tags: American America History]
973 words (2.8 pages)
- New England and Virginia were both settled by people of English decent. Both areas were settled at around the same period of time. However, the two developed into very different societies. The main explanation for this is the bases upon which each area was founded. The Puritans were a hard working, god-fearing people. After many years of religious prosecution in their homeland of England they sought out refuge in the neighboring country of Holland. After living in Amsterdam for a year, the group moved to the town of Leyden.... [tags: essays research papers]
613 words (1.8 pages)
- At the start of the 17th century, England was ruled almost entirely by gentlemen – those who could live everyday life without an ounce of manual labor. Even Englishmen who were not extremely poor, such as merchants or small land-owners, had little influence on politics. Due to primogeniture laws, younger sons could not inherit any land from their fathers. The New World was their solution, their hope to building their fortune. As these Englishmen, rich or poor, traveled to the colonies across the Atlantic, they brought with them English culture.... [tags: primogeniture, New World, New England law]
1318 words (3.8 pages)
New England and Chesapeake Regions: Two Distinct Societies at the Beginning of the English Colonies in America
- In 1606, King James I created the Virginia Company to attempt to free England from dependence. Both the London and Plymouth group parallels were colonized and developed as English colonies. Despite the fact that the English settlers of the New England and Chesapeake regions had similar colonial development, by the eighteenth century they had become into two, individual societies. The gentries who settled the London group parallels and the Puritans who settled the Plymouth group parallels began to grow differently from the start, as their economical, leadership and social viewpoints arose.... [tags: American Colonies, Colonial America]
825 words (2.4 pages)
- ... With all the different spins on Providence, what attitude should one adopt to find some peace of mind. If a person believes in providence, then there can be some peace of mind naturally inherent in the concept. When an individual trusts God and knows that he is always in charge and looking out for your best interests and highest good, then one always has the attitude of hope. No matter how hard or bad things gets, possessing a sense of hope can get one through things and give a peace of mind.... [tags: destinity, god, bible]
994 words (2.8 pages)
- ... He was the one who guided her how to approach King Xerxes. In the process, she won so much favor with the King more than any other virgins. He made his decision to place the royal crown on her head and made her queen. (vs. 17-18) Now what makes this story about a young virgin is the timing of her position to become queen. Mordecai uncovers the conspiracy against the Jews led by Haman. But what wins the trust of the King is when Esther his new bride and queen informs him that two men named Bigthana and Teresh were conspiring to kill him.... [tags: queen, jew, god]
733 words (2.1 pages)
- In pursuit of national glory, profit and religious mission, England started to explore and conquer the North America. Through the 1600s and the early 1700s, three major colonial regions, the New England colonies, the Middle colonies, and the Southern colonies, formed and developed, and the economic freedom from land owning drew people to the North America. However, during and after the French-Indian War, colonies cooperated to resist British policies and finally declared their independence in 1776.... [tags: english colonists , religion, glory]
937 words (2.7 pages)
- Although, Slavery had existed for centuries as a lowest social status in different parts of the world like Africa, Roman Empire, Middle East and etc., in English colonies slavery gained an importance, because of increasing demand for labor force and becoming relationship legitimated by law. Therefore, Englishmen were the reason of slavery in the colonies and its consequences. In the beginning of 17 century a group of merchants established first permanent English colonies in North America at Jamestown, Virginia.... [tags: slavery, USA, ]
829 words (2.4 pages)
- John Calvin on God's Divine Providence In John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion he spends a great deal of time expounding his doctrine of God's Divine providence in all of creation. He explains not only how God continually governs the laws of nature, but also how God governs man's actions and intentions to bring about His own Divine Will. Calvin believes that God's providence is so encompassing in creation that even a man's own actions, in many ways, are decreed by God. Because of this belief there arises the question, "Does Calvin leave room for the free will of man?" At the outset I must make clear that Calvin defines Providence as this: "providence means not that by whi... [tags: Papers]
1369 words (3.9 pages)
- During the 17th century, Europeans had unquestionably come to North America to stay, a fact that signaled major changes for the people of both hemispheres. At first, the English sought to benefit from the New Found land by trading across the continents, but later many English people decided to migrate to North America. Unlike other Europeans, the English transferred their society and politics to their new environment. The New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies were both English colonies but each had different factors that influenced them.... [tags: Inmigrant populations]
624 words (1.8 pages)