The Puritan-Native Relationship

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The Puritan-Native Relationship

In the beginning of the colonization of America, the Puritans did not see the Natives as "savages". Instead, they believed them to be the "Lost Tribes of Israel"; people who needed to be converted and saved by Grace. they developed "Prayer Towns" and felt it their destiny to save them. However, this all faded away by the later years of the 17th century.Indian conflicts arose over the basis of selling land rights, as well as how the Puritans later discriminated against them, calling them savages and looking down on them. The Puritans enslaved, killed, and eventually force the Natives out of their homelands.


In the beginning, the Puritans believed that the Natives needed to be saved, but, as time went on, they referred to them as "savages".

Pequot War- war between the Pequot tribe and the Puritan Massechusetts settlers (along with their Natve allies); Pequot lost the warKing Phillip's War- war between England and the New England colonists (along with their Native allies); colonial faction won; first major conflict in America between the English and Colonials.

The Result

Because of the differece in how land should be owned, th two ethnicities were at constant conflict with each other.


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The Puritan-Native Relationship



Puritan Prayer Towns

Prayer towns were places where the Puritans attempted to convert the Natives not only to their religion, but their way of life as well. To enter into one,, the Native would give up his language, his ties with the non-believeing Natives, and his religious beliefs. Because of this, many Natives did not become saved. There were those who did, though. Yet, these Natives normally did not do so for the sake of being saved by God. They instead did this to suit their needs, and were mor interested in a comftorable lifesty;e without harrassment than the Grace of God.


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