When the British began sending settlers to the New World, the New England colonies were governed by one of two types of contracts: royal and charter. The two types of government differed mainly in whether the higher offi... More »

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The prevailing religion of the New England Colonies was Christianity, but along markedly different lines to the Anglican Church (or Church of England) that the settlers had fled. The Puritan approach to Christianity was ... More »

The British New England Colonies included the Province of New Hampshire, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Colony of Rhode Island, and the Connecticut Colony. These colonies would each eventually go on to become New Engl... More »

Though the most important goal of early New England colonists was to provide food and necessities for themselves and their families, many settlers came to the New World in search of untapped resources and financial oppor... More »

New England settlers found work as fishermen, dock workers, sailors, shipbuilders, merchants and artisans. Most people farmed, but the poor soil made anything but bare subsistence farming impossible. More »

The social and political structure of the New England colonies was shaped primarily by the harsh geography and the strict Puritan religion of the first English colonists who settled there. Despite seeming handicaps, this... More »

The prevailing religion of the New England Colonies was Christianity, but along markedly different lines to the Anglican Church (or Church of England) that the settlers had fled. The Puritan approach to Christianity was ... More »