A Readers Guide to Puritan Life

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A Readers Guide To
Puritan life In Colonial New England

The 1635 A.D Edition
By Mahdi Mohamed

Table of Content

Who were the Puritans……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Page 1

Important Places in a Puritan Village…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……….Page 1

Puritan Cuisine…………………………………………………………………………………………………,….….Page 1

Puritan Views on Music……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……..Page 2

What Puritans Read………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………….Page 2

How Puritan’s Dressed……………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………..Page 3

Puritans and Education……………………………………………………………………………………………..Page 4

Jobs/chores Puritans Had…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Page 4

Things Forbidden in Puritan Society……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Page 4

Who were the Puritans?
The Puritans were a significant grouping of English Protestants who were members of a religious movement that began in England in the 1500s and lasted into the first half of the 1600s as it spread to the American colonies. The teachings of reformers like John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384) and John Calvin (1509–1564, influenced the Puritans, whose name came from their desire to "purify" the Anglican Church unlike other pilgrims who wanted to separate from the church. The Puritans believed too much power rested with priests, bishops, and cardinals. They believed the church should be stressing Bible reading and individual prayer. They believed congregation (religious community) members to be more directly involved in church affairs; they also insisted that worship services needed to be simplified. Puritans continually defied the authority of church leaders in England, demanding that each congregation should manage its own affairs under the guidance of a council (called a presbytery) made up of members who were not church officials. The Puritans eventually fled persecution in England and went to America, where they established their religion and social beliefs in the New England colonies.

Important Places in a Puritan Village
The layout of the traditional seventeenth-century New England Puritan village had central, grassed common and its meetinghouse and Church surrounded by homes built close together. The grassed common, meetinghouse and church were important because they were the Puritans meet and discussed their religious ideals, laws, and hold trials for criminals so everyone would see what happened to sinners. The village’s also made sure to build a cemetery’s and a Scaffold where sinners would be punished in public. Once a village surpassed 50 residents a school was built and a marketplace soon followed. Outside the village was usually farmland and dense would. Although most early New England villages were set up this way, it was largely abandoned after the Revolutionary war as the region became more densely settled. Puritan Cuisine

New England Puritans produced a local cuisine that exercised simplicity as much as their way of life did. It was mainly modeled after English cooking consisting of boiled meats, casseroles, and puddings. Which were heavy filling foods that dealt with the cold but didn’t offend God by being too fussy and decadent. There cuisine was later on influenced by the Natives as they introduced corn, beans, and maple sugars which the Puritans ended up using as much as we use salt today to flavor our foods. The New England coast provided them with a surplus of fish which they salted for winter, shellfish and Lobster. The dense forest provided wild game like the Turkey which the Puritans festively had every Thanksgiving, and other birds like geese and pheasants. But because pigs could thrive in the hash New England winters salted pork was a main ingredient in many Puritan meals.

Puritan Views on Music
The Puritans believed that music led to laziness and sinful activity’s which would...
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