A small group of people arrived in the New World from England on a
ship named the Mayflower. They landed at Plymouth Rock,
Massachusetts. Back in England, everyone had to belong to the
Church of England. The Pilgrims did not want to belong to the Church
of England. They were seeking religious freedom.
About 10 years later, a large group of people called the Puritans
arrived in the New World, also from England. They believed everyone
should belong to the Church of England or be punished. They left England
and came to the New World because they believed the Church of England
needed to be purified. In their opinion, the Church was embracing too
many Catholic beliefs. They settled in Boston. They practiced
Alike: Both groups spoke English. Both groups arrived from England at about the
same time. Both groups thought of themselves as Englishmen and were
loyal to the King. Both groups came to the New World because of their
disagreement with the Church of England.
There was another religious group in the colonies called the Quakers. They
also disagreed with the Church of England. Many Quakers left England
for the New World. They settled in Pennsylvania in the
1600s. There, they practiced religious freedom.
People were free to believe what they wanted and talk to God in their
own way. People from all over Europe poured into their
communities, seeking religious freedom. The Quakers believed that
violence was not the way to solve problems. The
Quakers were known as "The Friends".
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