Plymouth (1620):

Puritans & Separatists

Life in Holland:

The most distressing aspect of life in Holland was the fear of their children being assimilated into the Dutch culture. They would grow up speaking Dutch, with little or no memory of England and would probably marry Dutch citizens. This threat to their English heritage worried the congregation's leaders, as did the free and easy Dutch way of life. They disapproved of the lax Dutch observance of Sunday and saw the children "drawn away by evil examples into extravagant and dangerous courses, getting the reins off their necks and departing from their parents."

Poverty and the fear of the corruption of their youth were the chief motives for the restlessness of the separatists


Combine ourselves together into a civil body politic for our better ordering and preservation ... and by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices ... as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony...."

Massachusetts Bay:

The Congregationalists