Puritans In The 17th Century

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Puritans in the early 17th century were really just a bunch of religious assholes who brought death to many Native Americans. When King Henry VIII passed the act of supremacy, appointing himself as the official head of the Church of England, the Puritans in the 17th century left England and set off to the New World on the Mayflower, to pursue their own religion, Puritanism. When the Puritans arrived in the New World during what 's known as the Great Migration (1620-1643), they settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony which later became New England. Puritanism beliefs consisted of reading the bible and praying. They sought to have a pure and simple church, and believed they could pray in the New World to 'save ' those back in England. Puritans, consisting of mainly the middle-class and aristocrats, also yearned to experience the 'New Birth ', meaning they get spiritually reborn. In a Puritan family, there was an average of 6 children, where males dominated the household. Both male and female were considered spiritually equal, and females were protected in all domestic disputes. Puritanism also believed that homelessness and…show more content…
Known as predestination, the Puritans believed that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed. Essentially by this belief, the Pequot War was destined to happen, and that God approved of it. With Natives attacking the colonists in an attempt to push them out - The Pequot War broke out. The war happened because the colonists continued to expand into Native American land and they were demanding the Pequot tribe to pay tribute. They also demanded the Indians give their children for labor, which makes no sense. In a way, looking back at their actions, I feel like the Puritans used their religion to sort of justify their actions, hence being religious assholes. If believing that God 'planned ' for hundreds to die in a war you started, then you could technically get away with anything having that

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