Why Did the Puritans Settle the Massachusetts Bay Colony?
The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony hoped to purify the Church of England and then return to Europe with a new and improved religion. These Puritans were more initially successful than other colonies. For example, they brought enough supplies from the outset, they arrived in the springtime instead of the winter, and they had good leadership. The local government and the church were very closely related, and only church members could vote for the General Court even though everyone was required to pay taxes. Old Testament law became the law of the community. Even though they left England to pursue religious freedom, the Massachusetts Bay Puritans were known for their religious intolerance and general suspicion of democracy. They generally felt that the common people were incapable of governing themselves.
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