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One partner obviously was interested in persons as humans, while the other viewed people for commerce. One was friends with Indians while the other went to Virginia to purchase slaves. That shows the difference in men.
Also, there was a difference between the Puritans and the Pilgrims. They were not the same. One was just religious and the other were true Christians.
Study the life of Squanto and we find out how he helped them to survive. If it was not for him, the Pilgrims would have starved the second winter in the new land.
Be careful not to let your public school indoctrination show so clearly.
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I wonder what USA would be like today without Puritan influence?
I found it hard to assess this article. It lacks any references to official actions which may have banned Thomas Morton’s book. The quotation attributed to William Bradford was actually by Bradford’s nephew, Nathaniel Morton, in a 1669 volume, New England’s Memorial.
Your title is a bit misleading. The Pilgrims settled Plymouth, NOT the Puritans. They came later and were a disaster in the making.
What I found surprising was that Ms. Knol would suggest - with no citation or evidence, it seems - that it was a lie the book was published in Amsterdam. Has she forgotten that these people were established for many years in Holland before the voyage. Of course their contacts would have been there. She questions this despite telling us that this publisher was “in fact a well-known purveyor of Puritan books.” Why then, would they not have been known by Morton. He traveled to this continent with that same group? Does not seem Morton had any qualms about London. He returned there to write the book!
It seems the puritans after suffering years of prison and death would have been happy to have their way of life pilloried so soon after they achieved the freedom to make a society of their very own.
For them to not be happy the author got the natives liquored up and provided them with weapons for a hair raising good time is simply outrageous.
BTW the title needs an edit.
I think the portrait is of a different Thomas Morton- pictured is the Bishop of Durham, not the New World colonist. You can see the different biographies if the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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