What Was the Religion of Colonial Connecticut?
The religion of colonial Connecticut was primarily Puritan. The Puritans were part of the Reform movement and wanted to purify the Anglican Church of corruption. They left Europe for the Americas in search of religious freedom.
Connecticut Colony was founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker, who led a group of Puritans to built the town that become Hartford. Hartford became the center of Connecticut Colony. One year later, a second colony was formed, centered in the port of New Haven. This was led by John Davenport, but was later merged with Hartford in 1662 by King Charles II. Connecticut Colony followed strict moral laws based on the Bible, known as Blue Laws. The Congregational Church developed from the Puritan religion and became established in the colony.