Although New Haven did not develop into a prominent and successful colony, it began as a very organized and well-prepared undertaking. The settlers first came together in 1637 when John Davenport, a pastor persecuted by both the English and the Dutch due to his radical puritan beliefs, ultimately came to the conclusion that the optimal course of action would be to flee to the New World (1, conn the book pg. 47). Davenport yearned to pursue his beliefs somewhere his ideas would be accepted, and knowing that many were considering the same course of action in England, he recruited a group of Puritan families in England who were both devoutly religious, yet also were focused on making money. The group of 500 people that he eventually created consisted mainly of wealthy merchant class families who desired to practice their religion freely, while maintaining their comfortable lifestyle (14, the story of conn. Pg. 100). Once John Davenport had gathered a group of settlers who shared the same goals and beliefs, he h...
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