Why did so many people come to Colonial America?
Colonial America was a place of opportunities. A place to accomplish your dreams and better your future. It was a chance to create a new life, a life you could have never had in your previous home. It was not wonderful to everyone though. To those who were forced to come here, it was a nightmare. Slaves were treated as human chattel to be traded, sold, used, and ranked not among beings, but as things; as an article of property to the owner.
Americans in the colonial period were primarily concerned with matters of religion and conscience. In every aspect of their society, religion and morality was one of the first things that came to focus. For the most part Colonial America was a place to escape religious persecution and achieve religious freedom. To some, colonial America was a chance to escape religious persecution and achieve religious freedom. The Puritans believed in predestination. They thought that from the time that they were born, God had chosen whether they were a saint or one of the damned. When they went to church, they saw that the king’s subjects were allowed to sit in a pew reserved only for the saints. They believed that some of the king’s subjects were damned and that they should sit no where near the saints. They decided to leave England and go to the new land where they could practice their religion the way they wanted.
When settlers from England came to Colonial America it was a chance to find a new economic view. America believed that no matter who you were, if you had a good idea for making money you could do so, and without having to take it from someone else. Like in England the idea of a set amount of wealth in the world, and if one were to become wealthy he had to take it from someone whom was already wealthy. This capitalistic spirit of the idea of yourself deciding your own class rank made many men very prosperous in life.
Do their reasons still apply today?...