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Religious Incentives Imagine you were living in a society in which individuals were being persecuted and judged solely on their religious beliefs what type of a culture would this be Today we are fortunate enough to have essential humanitarian rights which guarantee us freedom and liberty for all As well we are respected for our beliefs regarding our religious convictions and arent judged by them During the 1600 many people were being singled out because of these beliefs they held During these times the times were regarded as religious and angry There was always controversy between different religions This controversy is what led to the establishment of the English colonies To better understand the motivations behind the establishment of the colonies we need to further examine English history King Henry the VIII as we may recall was the father of Queen Elizabeth King Henry tossed the Catholic Church out of England long before Jamestown got started Since King Henry wanted to get married multiple times the Pope didnt approve of it Thus King Henry wanted to establish his own church consequently he founded the Church of England There were two groups during this time that were especially exasperated at the situation with the Church of England-- the Puritans and Separatists Some Englishmen wanted the differences between Catholics and Protestants to be greater They felt that King Henry VIII didnt go far enough when he outlawed the Catholic Church Basically they felt like the Angelican Church wanted to act like the Catholic service and they didnt want it to be at all like that Since this group of people wanted to purify the Church of England they were called the Puritans There were other groups who wanted to take it even further They believed people could speak to God directly without any intervention or middlemen such as the bishops or priests They wanted to separate themselves from the Church of England thus they were
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