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Compare And Contrast Massachusetts And Virginia

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The three main colonies that we hear about are Virginia, Plymouth, and Massachusetts. These three colonies basically define all the others, as each group and its main founder either went for a personal financial gain or to escape religious persecution. Virginia was originally settled by Captain John Smith and grew into a successful trade colony through tobacco. Plymouth was originally founded by the Separatists and was lead by William Bradford. Eventually the dwindling Plymouth joined with Massachusetts which was originally Puritan based. Massachusetts was one of the most successful colonies, founded by John Winthrop, as the Puritan religion allowed a strict regime of tight government rules and ideals. These colonies also differ…show more content…
In analysing the "Speech to the Massachusetts General Court," John Winthrop states; " ...to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists; it is a liberty to do evil as well as to [do] good"( Winthrop 77). In this quote, the reader sees that we are talking about the philosophy of John Locke and Tomas Hobbs. This is essentially the belief that, if men have the liberty of the government, they will revert back to their "nature" which is evil. In this sense, liberty continued in the English colonies as it began in England. The right to liberty roughly followed the incentive of The Glorious Revolution and John Winthrop, created a government of law based on the fear of "nature." Religious freedom and toleration in the English North American colonies provided little room for those who did not practice the exact same form of government and religion. Although a similarity to America today is that the Puritan "court" provided a ruling to determine the punishment of an individual, however, the similarities stop there. When people came outright to declare their individual practices, such as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, they were denounced and, in certain cases, sent into
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