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  • Massachusetts Bay Colony Sold Into Slavery
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    The American colonists came from a variety of backgrounds. There were the English, who were running away from religious persecution, the Dutch, who reputedly bought Manhattan for a string of beads. The French Huguenots, who were Protestants fleeing from prosecution in a Catholic country. The Quakers, fleeing from harrassment's of the Anglican establishment, the church of England, and Germans from innumerable principalities, fleeing military draft and the various exactions of the petty princes. A...
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  • World War Ii United States Of America
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    The history of United States of America The territory now part of the United States has been inhabited for from 15, 000 to 40, 000 years, as attested by local evidence. The aboriginal peoples, ancestral to today's American Indians, left no firm monuments on the scale of contemporaneous cultures elsewhere, but both the pueblos of the Southwest and the great mounds of the Mississippi River valley antedate the arrival of the European colonial powers. The original 13 British colonies that became the...
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  • Salem Witch Witch Hunt
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    Over time Puritanism has come to be associated with prudishness, harshness, fanaticism, and superstition. Although this is partially true it tends to be exaggerated. The Puritans tried to create a model religious society and in doing this some of their actions were misconstrued. The Puritans wanted to create a theocracy, where all of the society's inhabitants adhered to the doctrine of God. The Puritans believed in Calvinism and therefore one of their main goals was to force the Anglican Church ...
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  • Puritanism And The Salem Witch Trials
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    Puritanism refers to the movement of reform, which occurred within the Church of England. It began at the time of the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 and ended at the end of the Rump Parliament with the ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660. The American Puritans clearly understood that God's word applies to all of life. Their exemplary lives and faith, contrary to popular myths, are a highpoint of Christian thinking. Puritan legal history specifies some of their loyalties and com...
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  • Massachusetts Bay Colony Theory Of Motivation
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    One of the most hazardous tasks a historian tackles is determining what motivated the actions of a past society. Even for a present-day society, this task is fraught with perils. Are a society's motivations the sum of its adult participants? Do we give special weight to the goals of its leaders? Should we regard the society's stated goals as accurate communications of motivation, discard them as intentionally deceptive, or dissect those statements as indications of deeper desires that are too pa...
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  • Women And Children Governor Winthrop
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    ... sation dates from several months after the war, it obviously did not play a part in motivating the war. ) Who killed John Oldham? The bulk of the evidence suggests what most of the participants on the English side had claimed: the Block Islanders, a tribe tributary to the Narragansetts. The question may be legitimately asked why punitive efforts were not made against the Narragansetts for the killers of John Oldham, similar to the actions taken against the Pequots for the death of Stone. Chu...
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  • Women And Children Governor Winthrop
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    ... exported that some of the Pequot warriors taunted the English that if one of the Pequot warriors "could kill but one of you more, he would be equal with God, and as the Englishman's God is, so would he be. "[ 60 ] When we consider the willingness of Massachusetts Bay to execute troublesome Quakers for violating banishment orders, the Pequot blasphemies help to explain the bloody results of the Pequot War. Both Indians and Englishmen believed in the powers of the supernatural. Roger Williams ...
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  • Governor Winthrop Massachusetts Bay
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    ... in Plymouth were enslaved, [ 95 ] but Hirsch brings together a number of pieces of documentary evidence to show that they were enslaved for life, and some were sent to colonial prisons. [ 96 ] Roger Williams' proposal of late June, 1637, that "such Pequots as fall to them be not enslaved, like those which are taken in warr" was apparently not taken. [ 97 ] While the actions taken were nothing of which to be proud, they are not consistent with genocidal intent. Katz does an effective job of d...
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  • Church And State Massachusetts Bay
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    New and Old Testaments Society has always had its theocrat's, but the conflict between the Old and New Testaments has simply rendered the Bible too dim and doubtful to allow them to gain as much traction as their Muslim counterparts have been able to derive from the Quran. American Christians, in other words, are a lot like Arab Muslims, save for the accident of scripture. And until they take the ramifications of that accident fully into account, U. S. foreign policy will remain unrealistic. Num...
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  • Jamestown Colony Versus Plymouth
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    Jamestown Colony Versus Plymouth Colony Early English colonists arriving along the northern coast of the New World in the early 17 th century faced certain similar circumstances in their new land. For many, there were like motives for immigrating to America. Yet, the differences were enough to create characteristically different cultures in Jamestown and New England, in the Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay region. The slave trade, geographic considerations, economic conditions, Native-American re...
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  • Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony
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    Salem Witch Trials There is a hint of winter in the air. Dead leaves cover the ground. The wind whistles through bare tree branches. The moon shines with an unnatural brightness amid dark clouds. Soon it will be Halloween -- the annual holiday when sidewalks and streets fill with small (and not so small) goblins, ghosts, and witches. Witches are often figures of fantasy and imagination today. But there was a time in this country's history when witches and their craft were seen as real threats to...
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  • Indentured Servants Chesapeake Region
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    Chesapeake Versus New England While both the New England and Chesapeake regions of America were settled by Englishmen, each developed into two very different regions with their own cultures, laws and ideas. The three main differences in each region were economy, living conditions, and religious fervor. First, the two regions differed economically. In Maryland and Virginia, settlers began to establish large tobacco plantations during the 1610 s and started exporting large tobacco crops after 1617...
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  • Church Of England Massachusetts Bay
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    In Colonial Jamestown Colonial Jamestown In 1606 King James I set two companies, the London and the Plymouth, out with three instructions: find gold, find a route to the South Seas, and find the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Five months later, and forty-five men less, the London Company landed on a semi-island along the banks of a river the Indians knew as? Powhatan? s River? . On May 13, 1607, the first permanent British colony had been established in the form of a triangular fort. The men named thei...
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  • Indentured Servants Seventeenth Century
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    Essa Although New England and the Chesapeake regions were settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies. I have described both societies in an attempt to demonstrate their developments. Virginia Colony In 1607 a group of merchants established England? s first permanent colony in North America at Jamestown, Virginia. They operated as a joint-stock company that allowed them to sell shares of stock in their company and use the pooled invest...
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  • Cape Cod Lawrence River
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    INDIAN EUROPEAN CONFLICT IN THE NEW WORLD Since 1492 to late into the 17 th the century there was perpetual struggle between the power hungry Europeans and the natives in the New World. Pitted against each other, the Dutch, English, French, Spaniards, and Indians struggled to maintain control of what they viewed as rightfully theirs. The English, were struggling to settle on the eastern coast and had no use and respect for the Indians or their land and way of life. At first maintaining a tentati...
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  • Massachusetts Bay Degrees F
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    February 6, 1788 Massachusetts isMASSACHUETTES Massachusetts February 6, 1788 Massachusetts is the sixth smallest state. Boston is the capital as well as the largest city in the state. Boston is a major seaport and air terminal for the U. S... Massachusetts is a very mountainous region with the Berkshire Hills and the Taconic Range to the west. Massachusetts has many islands off its coast One of them is Marthas Vineyards a famous resort island with many beaches. It is also one of the three main ...
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  • Type Of Government Puritan Beliefs
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    Comparison of Colonies Essay submitted by Maley Thompson There were various reasons why the American Colonies were established. The three most important themes of English colonization of America were religion, economics, and government. The most important reasons for colonization were to seek refuge, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. To a lesser degree, the colonists sought to establish a stable and progressive government. Many colonies were founded for religious purposes. While relig...
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  • Massachusetts Bay Colony Good People
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    A religious fanatic is someone who takes his or her religion to the extreme, letting it control everything in his or her day to day life. The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony are a prime example of this extremist view of religion. They had com plete religion based lives including the laws that they wrote, the way they treated outspoken women, and the way they treated people of other religions. The Puritans, for the most part, were good people, they just went way too far when it came to t...
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  • Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale Massachusetts Bay Colony
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    Chapter 1: Hester Prynne has committed adultery. Two years ago her husband in Europe sent her on ahead to America while he settled some business affairs. Alone in the small town of Boston, Hester has shocked and angered her neighbors by secretly taking a lover and bringing forth a girl child. The Puritans of Boston are shocked that she has done this thing. They are angry because she will not reveal the name of the father of the child. Although the usual penalty for adultery is death, the Puritan...
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