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Context Puritans themselves The Puritans were deeply religious people The Bible was their guide for life They were called people of the book They didnt agree with the Church of England They tried to purify the Church of England and thats why they were called Puritans Because of their actions they were often sent to jail whipped and even hanged The Puritans came to America for freedom of religion in 1624 they formed the Massachusetts Bay Comapny and got permission from King Charles I to build a colony in New England One year later the company sent 1000 colonists and 17 ships Each family brought 18 months worth of food They were better prepared than other colonists The Puritans settled in Massachusetts Bay and elected John Winthrop to lead the new colony They called their first settlement Boston The colonists went right to work They led strict lives with many rules Here are some examples of their strictness -- if they fell asleep in church they were hit with a stick or tickled with a squirrels tail if they were foolish in school they were whipped They had to go to church every Sunday the whole day with only one break for lunch The grew only what they needed The Puritans didnt celebrate Christmas or Easter becasue it was not an event recorded in the Bible Becuase they were so strict the Puritans banished many people from their colony for speaking out agains the government Some people who were banished were Anne Hutchinson Thomas Hooker and Roger Williams On a typical Puritan day everybody would get up early The children would go to school and the adults would go clear the crops After school the children would come home to clean the house cook and do other chores When the father came home they would eat and then go to sleep
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