The New England Confederation

During the English Civil War, Puritans tried to separate from the Church of England while the church was distracted. They moved to the New World to pursue religious freedom and were trying to fully separate themselves. The Body of Liberties was issued in 1641, which stated that Massachusetts Bay was independent of England and was no longer bound by English Civil Law. It also stated that there could be no arbitrary governors appointed to dissolve a local legislature, but town meetings of qualified voters would be held instead. In 1643, a New England Confederation was formed, which consisted of Massachusetts Bay, New Plymouth, Connecticut River Valley, and New Haven. The goals of the confederation were to protect the colonists from the French in Canada and the Indians and to return runaway slaves.


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