Impact Of Religion On New England Colonies

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From the years 1607 to 1700, religion impacted the development of the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Chesapeake colonies by shaping legislation, populations, and culture. The Plymouth colony was founded on the basis of Separatists, or those who wanted to separate from the Church of England. This group created the Mayflower compact, an agreement between male settlers to follow what the majority dictated. The compact was signed in order to keep civil order within the colony. This was the first step toward self government, and was used as a basis for other constitutions. Then, in 1629, a group of non-separatist Puritans, fleeing from persecution, left England to found the Massachusetts Bay Company. The colony believed that they had a “covenant
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