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Religion and early American identity

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  1. Introduction
  2. The people migrating to the west
  3. The Pilgrims: A group of religious dissenters
  4. The Puritan migration
  5. The age structure of the population that migrated to New England
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Trying to determine what the motives of the migrants to the new world were is a difficult quest because motivations were diverse depending on the colonies. The migrants could be motivated by economical considerations. They thought they could have a better life, to be richer in North America by escaping hard times in the mother land. There were also religious considerations. Leaving to North America was seen a new start, as a way to build a society more conform to religious behaviours.
We can wonder if religious purposes were the determinant factors or not of immigration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and as a consequence if religion lies at the heart of Early American identity. As New England was a good example of this paradox between economic and religious purposes in emigration we will focus on the Puritans to point out their motivations.

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