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Throughout history religion and geography have played a major role in the process in which regions have been formed The New England and the Chesapeake regions were both settled by a large number of people of the English origin By 1700 the regions had developed into two very different societies These differences between the regions were brought about as a result of the different beliefs and lifestyles in which the people of the regions accepted There were two major factors that really influenced the differences in these regions These factors were the religious differences of the people and the geographical features that there region contained which in effect influenced the way in which the people lived New England a strong and constant belief of religion by the Puritans The Puritans followed the ideas of John Calvin who believed in a powerful God that predestined the lives of every person For example from birth the Puritans believed that God had already chosen if you would go to heaven or hell The Puritans believed in the constant job of judging their own souls and their religiousness Puritan families prayed together everyday under the leadership of the male head of the family The Puritans also explored their religion by doing self-examination and bible studies to further enrich their religious lives The Puritans were often filled with anxiety about their religious state because they were concerned with which behavior was proper and which was not Two different Puritan groups formed The Church of England was in very bad shape Corruption took over the church The Congregationalists who wanted to reform the Church of England rather than abandon it The Separatists believed that the church was so corrupt that it couldnt be saved The Separatist wanted to start their own religious bodies with membership to the elect Puritans The same strong belief in religion stayed common through both groups This religion was very important to New England because it defined
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