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Life in New England in the early years of America was a chance for people to start over while including in this new way of life the philosophies they believed in Leaders and prominent men like John Winthrop and John Smith saw America as a place to spread their ideas and make them into a functioning community These men had different visions of what America was when they arrived there and of what it should become in time Each of them wanted a type of change to occur in the New World Winthrop was interested in forming a close community serving God and avoiding selfishness Smith saw America as a place to achieve wealth and become financially independent Smith also emphasizes the importance of being hard working people in order to achieve this wealthThe Puritan John Winthrop came to America and saw a fresh start in which to form a community locked together by religion On the political side Puritans were a group of Protestants who were opposed to the corruption and abuses of the Church of England The Puritans wanted to purify their church to make it holy and pleasing to God On the spiritual side Puritans were men and women with a strong personal devotion to God They believed that the chief goal of man was to do more service to the Lord the comfort and increase of the body of Christ whereof we are members4 The community Winthrop would start in New England would only contain people who shared these beliefs a place where they could live work and be among people who supported each other spiritually Winthrop envisioned his New England community as being free from the corruption of the Church of England which must have seemed to him to be too preoccupied with grandeur and money manifest the work of his Spirit first upon the wicked in moderating and restraining them so that the rich and mighty should not
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