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After the discovery of the Americas in 1492 European nations rapidly colonized the New World Despite vast cultural differences New France and Massachusetts emerged as very similar societies Foremost the origins of both the colonies were both based on the same basic principles Moreover the attitudes and mentalities of both colonies were remarkably similar Primarily both colonies were founded on the same principles New France and Massachusetts uniquely became a haven for the outcasts of Europe The Puritans came to Massachusetts to experience freedom of religion after being persecuted for their beliefs in England They felt that the Church of England did not enforce a literal enough interpretation of the bible and ventured out to a New World in search of a Utopian society Similarly New France hoped that the colony would serve as a better world for the downtrodden disadvantaged and oppressed of the Old World For example les Filles du Roi or Kings daughters were economically deprived peasant girls who came to Canada to provide spouses for the unmarried men Furthermore both societies attempted to establish a Utopian society For the Puritans settlement was a unique opportunity to create a society of True Believers far removed from the corrupting influence of England In New France a perfectible society was attempted by balancing the authority of the King and the Spiritual authority which was applied through the Oath of Fidelity in 1672 in which Frontenac required the clergy to take You swear and promise before God to labour with all your strength for the maintenance of the Catholic Apostolic and Roman Religionand to be faithful to the King as required Finally like the New France fur trade the Massachusetts Bay Company was ostensibly established for economic and commercial purposes Its purpose of trade and colonization of the land between the Charles and the Merrimack rivers was similar to the French goals of expanding the fur trade Some officials saw New France as
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