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    Jamestown Characteristics

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    One of the first major English settlements in North America was the colony of Jamestown. Jamestown was located in the Chesapeake region of Virginia and was established under the Virginia Company, which was chartered by James I in 1606. Jamestown was the first colony of London and was established in May 1607. They were a settlement of about 100 men and were led by John Smith. Jamestown was a stock colony, meaning they were founded as a business venture by investors, and sought after gold and silver

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    Colonial Regions

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    century twelve of the English colonies were well on their way to surviving in the New World. The only colony not begun before 1700 was Georgia. These twelve colonies though unique as individual colonies several began to form similarities. Although by the 18th century Eastern America had been colonized by Englishmen, motives, geography, and settlers themselves created two distinct societies, New England and Chesapeake. The motives of the founders of the colonies in each region played a significant

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    of the settlers. The colonies in Massachusetts and Chesapeake, located at the main crossroads of English, Dutch, and French settlers and natives, play a significant role in the development of the future world power. Although today the east coast enjoys a harmonious and successful lifestyle, in the early days of our Nation’s birth, the Massachusetts and Chesapeake communities were very distinct from each other in development, economy, and the population. The Chesapeake colonies were the first to establish

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    The Puritans: Fanatic or not? A religious fanatic is someone who takes his or her religion to the extreme, letting it control everything in his or her day to day life. The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony are a prime example of this extremist view of religion. They had com plete religion based lives including the laws that they wrote, the way they treated outspoken women, and the way they treated people of other religions. The Puritans, for the most part, were good people, they

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    citizens who were the religious minority had the opportunity to escape persecution and live a more peaceful life in the New World. Over time, new colonies emerged in the New World to provide colonists the freedom to practice their religion and live a better life without fear of persecution, or banishment. Some colonies, like Massachusetts Bay, were founded by the Puritans to have a better life in the

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    The Unredeemed Captive, by John Demos

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    John Demos' book The Unredeemed Captive examines the story of "Reverend Mr." John Williams, the minister of the church of Deerfield (a town of approximately 300 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony), and his family. The reverend and his wife had many connections to important figures of the time. His father was a shoemaker, farmer, and "ruling elder" in the church at Roxbury. Reverend John Eliot, the minister of the Roxbury church, created many of the "praying towns" in which converted Native Americans

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    spiritual and material. In this course we have studied two sets of colonists in depth, the Puritans and the Chesapeake/Virginia colonists. The Puritans made the journey across the Atlantic for spiritual reasons while the settlers of the Chesapeake Bay colony came solely for material reasons. I will attempt to prove this by using "A Modell of Christian Charity" by John Winthrop and "Looking Out for Number One: Conflicting Cultural Values in Early Seventeenth-Century Virginia" by T.H. Breen. I will

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    Hutchinson were one in the same character: A ruthless dissenter who went against the majority. They both believed in conscience liberty, suffered persecution at the hands of the theocrats, and both went on to help dissenters make life anew in the colonies. First of all, during their time, it was recognized that one did not have a right within the choice of religion versus government. It seemed that whatever one wanted to believe was not an option when it came to following a creed, it was more than

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    hopes of finding gold and capitalizing on lucrative trade opportunities. Economic gain was also on the minds of Massachusetts Bay Company members, but more central in their motives for leaving was to avoid the religious persecution that threatened their lives in England. A meager living and religious persecution brought many Puritans to Massachusetts. The proprietors of Massachusetts came to New England to form a holy commonwealth of religious people. The Puritans, as they were known, settled

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    John Winthrop

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    The City upon the Hill John Winthrop founded the colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1630, where he was the first Governor of the colony, a position he held for twenty years. In April, 1630, aboard the ship Arbella, he led a large party from England for the new world to establish a pure Christian based colony. "They hoped to establish communities of pure Christians who collectively swore a covenant with God that would they work for his ends, knowing that in return, He would watch over them". John

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