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What was john Winthrops reason for venturing to America Did he and his fellow travelers view their journey to America as a trip into the wilderness After john Winthrop sold all of his possessions and arranged to move his whole family from comfortable England to the rugged and dangerous new world His wife Margaret was expecting a baby so he decided to leave her and his oldest son at home for the first year while he went with the first group of settlers He could barely stand the thought of being separated from his beloved wife so they made an agreement that they would think of each other every Monday and Friday between 5 and 6 pm On April 71630 four ships with four hundred people set out from England across the stormy Atlantic On board the ship John Winthrop began the keep a diary This remarkable document was lost after his death but it resurface one hundred years later The contents of the diary are astounding From the ship Winthrop laid out the Puritan vision for the New World America was to become a city on a hill He wrote The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his presents help from us we shall be made a story and byword throughout the world we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of worthy servants and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us until we are consumed out of the good land to which we are going Two months later they arrived in Salem Massachusetts The settlers could scarcely believe their eyes It was a total wilderness except for a few huts and clearing made by previous settlers there was nothing but forest How could they raise crops to supply themselves in the coming
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