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Unformatted text preview: 1-30-06Four mass migrations to the British colonies20,000 Puritans settling in Mass./NE between 1621-1641Why would an Englishman come to Americas?Land – coming to American colonies was the only way most of these individuals would ever have to own landOwning land gave you, and most importantly your family, the ONLY opportunity for upward mobility.England had a strict class system – if you were born poor, a peasant, you would remain that way the rest of your life (your children as well).Massachusetts ColoniesPilgrims arrive at Plymouth in 1620. Unlike the Jamestown colonies, they brought families (not predominately male crews).Also, never envisioned as a for profit venture, but rather as a religious questMayflower compact drawn by this group before they arrived. Long considered the primary document of American democracy. “none had the power to command them” The compact noted and emerged as a self governing colonyGiven a 80,000 acre land grant plus fishing rights. Colony more viable ( than Jamestown ) from the beginning. Quicker to establish farms and become self-supporting.Pilgrims arrive in New EnglandThe Pilgrims were Puritans and seperaratists They believed that the Anglican church retained too many of the traditions from the catholic church and wanted to separate from itThey wished to break completely with the Anglican church and create their own church...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Hatfield during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.
- Spring '07