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While there had been many attempts to convert native populations, why do you believe there was a new interest in religion at this time? Also, contrast how Moravian Indian conversion differed from earlier attempts to convert native populations and what did they offer them. There was a new interest in religion for multiple reasons. When looking at New England life, every aspect of their society revolved around religion. From each home to every school, and even the government, the Indians who resided here were surrounded by religion in every aspect of their lives. With that realization, Indians did not have a choice other than to follow Christianity because, without unity of religion between the Natives and settlers, there would never be pure peace between them. The Mashpees were a perfect example that aligns with the English through education and religion; peace could be had without a struggle of self- preservation. New England natives accepted a path, unlike their ancestors, intending to become more “civilized” in the eyes of the English. (Townsend, 2019)

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