History Midterm 1 - Religion played a role in the...

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Religion played a role in the settlement and structure of the British colonies during the 1600’s. For a long time, Catholicism ruled Europe. After the first protestant reformation though, Europe became a feeding ground for new religious groups. Among these new religious groups were the first people to come to America in hope for freedom from religious persecution. While people came to America for many reasons other than religion, religion played a huge role in influencing the society, culture and politics of the time. A great misconception though is that religion was the driving force behind all of the British colonies. The degree of influence varied from each region due to differing motivations in the settlement of each colony. The first group to settle New England was the Pilgrims. The pilgrims came to America for freedom from religious persecution. The Pilgrims wrote the first code of law in America, known as the Mayflower Compact, which was based on religious principles. After some years, the Puritans, who were very similar to the Pilgrims, dominated New
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