Massachusetts Bay Colony

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Massachusetts Bay Colony

History of the ColonyJohn Endencott settled the Massachusetts Bay with a small group of puritans. Before John Winthrop, he settled the town of Salem. Years later, Winthrop arrived with a much larger group of puritans - around 1000 - and later became the govenor of the colony.

PuritansPuritans were a religous group that wanted to reform the church of England. In 1628, a group of Puritans, led by John Endencott, formed the New England Company. Later they recieved a charter from King Charles I to settle the Massachusetts bay. Once they arrived, the name of the company was changed to the Massachusetts bay company.

The Massachusetts Bay ColonyBy Samuel Aboud

Government of the New ColonyThe type of Government in the Colony was a theocratic government, which means they thought God was their ruler, and they only supported one religion - Catholic. The puritans there made their own laws. At the center of each village was a meeting house, at which laws and village problems were debated on.

Purpose of the ColonyIn the 1620's, there was a minority group in England called the protestants, which consisted of pilgrims and puritans. Puritans believed that the Catholic church was "impure" and it needed to be reformed. Protestants sailed to the colonies to seek religious freedom and to escape persecution.


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