Founded by the Pilgrims for religious reasons. Founded by the Pilgrims for religious reasons


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Founded by the Pilgrims for religious reasons.

  • Founded by the Pilgrims for religious reasons.

  • Pilgrims were persecuted in England because of their religious practices.

  • Pilgrims received charter from James I to start colony in Virginia.

  • Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass instead.



First example of self government in the colonies.

  • First example of self government in the colonies.

  • Pilgrims agreed on majority rule.

  • Pilgrims would obey the decisions made by majority.

  • Pilgrims signed the Compact before they got off the ship.





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Founded by Puritans for religious reasons.

  • Founded by Puritans for religious reasons.

  • Puritans wanted to “purify” the Church of England.

  • Puritans were persecuted in England for their beliefs.

  • Many Puritans were wealthy and powerful.



Under the charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company, the governor had final say on all matters.

  • Under the charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company, the governor had final say on all matters.



An elected General Court dealt with major issues.

  • An elected General Court dealt with major issues.

  • Less important issues were decided in town meetings.

  • Only white men, over 21, who owned property, and were in good standing in the Puritan Church could vote.



Thousands came to Massachusetts Bay fleeing persecution and poverty in England.

  • Thousands came to Massachusetts Bay fleeing persecution and poverty in England.

  • Many of the newcomers were not Puritans.

  • This influx of non-Puritans weakened political strength of Puritans.



In 1692 a group of young girls began accusing people in the town of Salem, Mass. of witchcraft.

  • In 1692 a group of young girls began accusing people in the town of Salem, Mass. of witchcraft.

  • After all was said and done, 19 people were hanged, 1 crushed to death and 4 died in jail.







Founded by Thomas Hooker (Puritan minister)






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