Compare and contrast the motives of their Founders, religious and social orientation, economic pursuits, and political developments of two of the early colonial settlement areas:
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After Columbus founded the New World, peoples from all walks of life wanted a claim in the new land, each bringing with them different views on how to settle the land as they saw fit. People who immigrated into the New England colonies (Puritans) left England because of religious prosecution. Others, for example, in the Southern colonies, were more in the favor of the economic benefits the land had to offer. The founders of these colonies had their own ideas on how to operate their government as well. Southern colonies had more of a democracy, while New England colonies were under the complete rule of England. Even though the colonies were originally composed of the same congregation, they have distinct ways of establishing and implementing the different aspects.
The New England colonies consisted of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The founders of the New England colonies envisioned a haven where they would be able to worship God in their own way without duress. The Massachusetts Bay Colonies and Plymouth were the big settlements in the north. These groups of people were mainly Puritans and Pilgrims (Separatists). The Puritans had a strict life of obedience to God. The most devout Puritans thought that only the “visible saints” should become members of the church, but the King of England had all of his subjects enrolled. Angered by this, the saints broke away from the Church of England and became Separatists. These Separatists later joined the Pilgrims in Plymouth.