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Kate Sims Mr Cistaro Honors English III Period 3 5 September 2000 Religion According to the Puritans and the Native Americans Religion has had a powerful influence on humankind for thousands of years Many people believe in a Supreme Being God and the teachings of his Divine Son Jesus Christ Other people believe that nature is sacred and therefore they give reverence to the land One may not expect to find many similarities between both of these views although there are actually many Religion was important to the founding of the Americas for both the Native Americans and the Puritans During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many people immigrated from urban Europe to the newly found rural Americas Some ventured from their homeland in search of gold and great fortune Others voyaged for religious freedom due to the lack of toleration in their homeland During this time Roman Catholics were being brutally persecuted especially in England There were also people who did not like the new idea of combining church and state These people began their own religions based on the Bible and the original traditions and teachings of the church They were called Separatists One group of Separatists the Puritans were extremely holy and pious Their devotion is shown throughout literature from that period In fact many of them believed that each piece of writing should be affiliated with God The Puritans were known for their simple and to-the-point style of writing This style can be seen in an excerpt from Of Plymouth Plantation by William Br adford a Pilgrim who made the grim voyage from Europe to America in the early seventeenth century Simple language can be seen in Bradfords opening lines After they had enjoyed fair winds and weather for a season they were encountered many times with cross winds and met with many fierce storms with which the ship was shroudly shaken Throughout the rest of this piece he speaks
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