There was not too much room for religious disagreement in the massachusetts bay colony puritans defended their dogma with uncommon fury their devotion to principle was god's work to ignore god's work was unfathomable. In 1630, a religious group with beliefs based on extremely conservative principles landed in new england they were known as puritans, and with their leader, john winthrop, they founded the massachusetts bay colony the puritans had come to america so they could worship in the way they chose as a. The puritan leaders of the massachusetts bay colony forced roger williams to leave the colony in 1636 he traveled south he bought land from local indians and started a city, providence.
However, the puritans of massachusetts bay colony didn't tolerate any opposing religious views catholics, quakers and other non-puritans were banned from the colony advertisement. The puritans, ignoring the lessons learned in england, banned dissenters from the massachusetts bay colony and established their own state religion roger williams, cast out by the puritans, made his new colony of rhode island a model of religious diversity: neither the state nor the individual could be forced into a particular religious belief. Religious freedom sought concurrently, during the religious upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a body of men and women called puritans sought to reform the established church of england from within. Puritans drafted the mayflower compact and founded massachusetts bay colony as a christian commonwealth rhode island was established by roger williams, a religious dissenter from massachusetts maryland was founded as a refuge for english catholics.
After he was banished, williams founded the colony of rhode island which offered sanctuary to dissenters and freedom of religion mary dyer, a quaker, was hung in her wedding dress after she returned to massachusetts bay colony to protest the deaths of other dissenters. Even though the puritans were big believers of the bible, which talks about forgiveness and toleration, they imprisoned, exiled, and even killed people of other christian groups, especially such group like the quakers, who were also escaping for religious freedom like the puritans. The puritans who founded the new england colonies at plymouth and massachusetts bay formed a government with a far less tolerant attitude toward diversity of any kind, most especially religious diversity. Although religious freedom was one of the main goals in the massachusetts bay colony, an increase in power turned things upside down a theocratic government was created by the puritans and all franchise and power were strictly limited to members of the church. Quakers also known as the religious society of friends, the quakers was founded by george fox in england persecuted in england as well as american colonies who believed they practiced witchcraft, in 1681, the quaker william penn wanted a place of refuge for all religions but mainly for the english quakers.
The massachusetts bay colony harassment by the church of england, a hostile charles i, and an economic recession led the non‐separatist puritans to decide to settle in north america harassment by the church of england, a hostile charles i, and an economic recession led the non‐separatist puritans to decide to settle in north america. In pennsylvania, there was a great deal of religious tolerance and religious freedom people of many different backgrounds and religions settled in pennsylvania in massachusetts, the puritan. The puritans no longer felt they had safety for themselves or their religion in england, so the massachusetts bay company was formed to establish the massachusetts bay colony for the puritans to start a new life.
Additional puritan colonists land in america, settle in salem, and start the massachusetts bay colony 1631 arrival in boston of roger williams, a london minister who will become an influential leader in religious liberty in the colonies. The massachusetts bay colony of the new world was a puritan theocratic state in the early 1650s puritan leaders did not have much tolerance for people of other religions, and as a result, the puritan government often persecuted and banished religious outsiders who tried to enter and live in their puritan towns. Explain how the puritans' theology shaped the government and society of the massachusetts bay colony 3 explain how massachusetts bay's conflict with religious dissenters, as well as new economic opportunities, led to the expansion.
Religious freedom in the virginia colony was at a very small or zero amount because of the anglican religion and the strict rules that were applied on the colony virginia was established for the sole reason of commerce or economic factors. Massachusetts bay whipped, banished and hanged quakers while plymouth colony fined, whipped and banished quakers but refrained from hanging them at first, plymouth colony's government and its religion were only somewhat entwined but the colony slowly increased its legislation on religious duties and morals over time. In 1656, the general court of the massachusetts bay colony passed the first anti-quaker legislation, which authorized the jailing, whipping, and deportation of quakers who found their way into the colony, as well as the imprisonment of persons who assisted the infiltration of the quakers.
Some puritans escaped religious persecution in england by moving to the massachusetts bay colony quakers a religious group that believed in nonviolence, gender equality, and resistance to military service. This day in history: october 27, 1659 although the puritans partially came to america to escape religious persecution, there was an abundance of it to be found in the massachusetts bay colony except it was them doling it out this time. Massachusetts bay colony's original purpose and reason for founding was that of religious puritanism this is similar to pennsylvania as it was founded as religious freedom for quakers and other oppressed religions, which made it so diverse and populated, although william penn was forced to not give catholics and jews the same right to vote by.