Life in the New England Colonies
When New England was first colonized, the citizens lived under Biblical law. This kind of society is known as a Biblical Commonwealth. Under this structure, a man’s position in the church determined political power. However, as the years passed, the New England colonies became more liberal, and started to determine a man’s political power based on his wealth rather than position in the church. Life expectancy grew to be close to the current life expectancy in America. Education was a vital part of life in the New England colonies. This was partially due to the Puritan belief that ignorance of God’s word, the Bible, could lead to the devil tricking and taking advantage of the ignorant, so they made sure their children learned to read.
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