New England Puritans

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New England Puritans & Pilgrims Summary The first half century of English settlement along the northern Atlantic coast was a dynamic period of discovery, interaction, and growth, but also one of decimation and violent warfare. The Puritan colonists faced a multitude of hardships, which only increased the strong sense of religiosity that prompted their migration to America in the first place. When they experienced starvation and Indian attacks, they reasoned it was God's will and possibly also His punishment for their materialism and other sins. When they were victorious in battle with the Indians or reaped a bountiful harvest, they gave thanks to God. Throughout the period, the Puritans sought to erect a new kind of society on the premise that they were a special, chosen people in the eyes of God. This faith sustained them, but it also generated a dangerous brand of self-righteousness that led them to feel justified in mounting ferocious attacks on New England tribes such as the Pequots . Despite the oft-employed stereotypes that have come to be associated with their name, the
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