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The North American colonies became significantly more diverse between 1650 and 1754,which affected the society of the colonies, as well as the development of the American identity.During the 17th and 18th centuries, mass immigration to the North American colonies from other European countries brought new ethnicities to the primarily British populations. This wave of immigration led to an intermingling of many cultures, which introduced new traditions and ideas into the colonists’ societies, including the celebration of certain holidays, the traditions surrounding certain holidays, and even the languages of the people. All of these new customs gave the colonists a distinct “American” identity, which is still a part of American society today.Many of the North American colonies were founded on the idea of religious freedom. Whether fleeing from oppression in Britain or intolerance in other colonies, many people were searching for a safe place to practice their religion freely. Because of the vast number of new and