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... devil-worshipers. The Spanish colonies and New England were vastly similar yet extremely different in terms of religion. The Spanish colonies and New England were similar because both converted natives. The Spanish and English wanted to convert the Indians to save their souls from hell and give the natives entrance into heaven through Christianity. Despite both colonies converting the natives, the Spanish were much more forceful and violent in their conversions than the English were. The religious reasons for the Spanish and the English to come to the New World were extremely different. The Spanish were looking to spread their religion while the English were escaping religious persecution in England. The colonists in New England were focused on religious freedom for Puritans while the Spanish wanted to expand and strengthen their religion across the New World.
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