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Lecture: Religion 1 Puritan Beginnings On September 16, 1620, 102 pilgrims left England for the New World onboard the ship Mayflower. The majority of this group were Puritan Separatists "Puritan" because they wanted to “purify” and reform Christian worship in England, and "Separatists" because the only way to reform the Church of England was to separate from it. Two months later, on November 21, the Mayflower dropped anchor off present-day Provincetown, MA. Soon after, the colonists disembarked and formed the colony of Plymouth. William Bradford, the long-serving governor of the colony, documented the motivations and experiences of this group in his history entitled, Of Plymouth Plantation . From William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, Book 1, Chapter IV, “ Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal [A] great hope and inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but even as stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work. These, and some other like reasons, moved them to undertake this resolution of their removal… The place they had thoughts on was some of those vast and unpeopled countries of America, which are fruitful and fit for habitation, being devoid of all civil inhabitants, where there are only savages and brutish men, which range up and down, little otherwise then the wild beasts of the same. This proposition being made public and coming to the scanning of all, it raised many variable opinions amongst men, and caused many fears and doubts amongst themselves. Some, from their reasons and hopes conceived, labored to stir up and encourage the rest to undertake and prosecute the same; others, again, out of their fears, objected against it, and sought to divert from it, alleging many things, and those neither unreasonable nor unprobable; as that it was a great design and subject to many unconceivable perils and dangers; as, besides the casualties of the seas (which none can be freed from) the length of the voyage was such, as the weak bodies of women and other persons worn out with age and travail (as many of them were) could never be able to endure. And yet if they should, the miseries of the land which they should be exposed unto, would be too hard to be born; and likely, some or all of them together, to consume and utterly to ruinate them. For there they should be liable to famine, and nakedness, and the want, in a manner, of all things. The change of air, diet, and drinking water, would infect their bodies with sore sickness, and grievous diseases. And also those which should escape or overcome these difficulties, should yet be in continual danger of the savage people, who are cruel, barbarous, and most treacherous, being most furious in their rage, and merciless where they overcome; not being content only to kill, and take away life, but delight to torment men in the most bloody manner that may be; flaying some alive with the shells of fishes, cutting of the members and joints of others by piecemeal and broiling on the coals,
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