Why Did the Puritans Set Sail for America?

The Puritans set sail for America in 1630 so that they could start fresh in establishing a pure Christian commonwealth. They sought to reform the Church of England and worship freely in these new lands while fulfilling their obligations to God and their covenant.

After arriving in New England, the Puritans founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in what is now known as Boston, Mass. Although life was difficult, they were able to worship and sing their psalms as they liked. They were lead by a reformer named John Calvin, the founder of Calvinism, who believed that all human beings were depraved sinners. Although the Puritan colony did survive, it did deal with a great amount of spiritual malaise and other moral issues that would challenge the survival of their mission.