Massachusetts Bay Colony

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Massachusetts Bay Colony

John WinthropWinthrop led the first large wave of migrants from England in 1630, and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years of existence. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "City Upon a Hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the government and religion of neighboring colonies.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was an English settlement on the east coast of North America (Massachusetts Bay) in the 17th century, in New England, situated around the present-day cities of Salem and Boston.

The colony was economically successful, engaging in trade with England and the West Indies. A shortage of hard currency in the colony prompted it to establish a mint in 1652.

Massachusetts Bay ColonyIn 1628, a group of distinguished Puritan businessmen formed a venture named the Governor and Company of Massachusetts Bay, which was initially conceived as a profit-making endeavor in the New World. A land grant was received from the Council of New England, the successor to the ineffective Virginia Company of Plymouth, providing rights to the area between the Charles and Merrimack rivers and westward to the Pacific Ocean.

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Ann HutchinsonClaiming that salvation was exclusively the work of inner grace, Hutchinson disparaged the visible acts of moral conduct central to Puritan life as unnecessary to salvation. She was charged with the heresy of antinomianism and eventually banished from the colony with a group of her supporters.

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