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Growth of the English Colonies, The Beginnings of New England

Massachusetts Bay Company, Puritans, English settlers, Separatists, Church of England

New England began as a refuge for religious radicals. The first English settlers were the Pilgrims. They were Separatists—Protestants who, unlike the Puritans, seceded from the Church of England rather than try to reform it. They sailed for the New World in 1620. After difficult early years, they established a community of farms at Plymouth that was ultimately absorbed by the Massachusetts Bay Company.

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Massachusetts Bay Company, Puritans, English settlers, Separatists, Church of England, Pilgrims, Protestants, refuge, New World, Plymouth, New England

 
 

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