The Puritans: Economy and Society

The Puritans settled on land that was rocky and bare, so it took tremendous labor to subsist off of its products. Non-Puritan immigrants usually moved South, where the soil was better and the population was more tolerant. Puritans engaged in fishing and trapping, and there were a number of craftsmen in each town. There were slaves in New England, but they were more commonly used as household servants than for hard labor. There was more chance for social mobility in Massachusetts than in any other colony in America, primarily due to its diverse economy. The Puritan Church was known as the Congregational Church; this started as an exclusive group, but it gradually became easier to become a member.


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