In What Ways Did Ideas and Values Held by Puritans Influence the ...

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In What Ways Did Ideas and Values Held by Puritans Influence the Political, Economic, and Social Development of the New England Colonies from 1630 Through the 1660s?

By | August 2012
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As we learn trough out history, many puritans and Calvinists flee England due to the monarch’s Catholic belief. Many of these migrants, called Puritans would move to New England, the North Eastern area of the United States in present day. The reason why Puritans would flee to America was simple: After the English government became a Catholic country, many puritans did not want to the Mayflower Compact. However, in 1630, John Winthrop along with hundreds of puritans would establish a government in the Massachusetts Bay Colony with a representative political system with assembly, council and governors. Unlike Plymouth, they set theirlth status; they all vowed to sit close together and not pay taxes for England or live as tenants of wealthy aristocrats. Soon, the General Courts of Massachusetts bestowed title to a township on a group of settlers. In these towns, and many other Puritan towns, even the poorest man was able to vote in the town meetings. A poor man can buy a two room cottage, with a few animals and 8 acres of land, which is a lot for a poor person.

For their economy, the puritans traded with Indians and other colonies. As merchant commerce kick started around the 1650s, a few Puritan merchants traded with colonies and Indians. As Navigation acts in 1650s were also put in place, many Puritans and colonist still secretly traded with other.

As we see, because of the huge amount of Puritans that fled to England, they incorporated their own government, economy and life. They also ignored many English laws, risking war, but due to Salutary Neglect, they had little problems with the English Government.