Pilgrims and Puritans

The Pilgrims set sail aboard the ship, “The Mayflower” to find the chosen lands where they could begin a new life. The Pilgrims defected from the Church of England. However, after, sailing for more than nine weeks they set show on a nearby place, cape good hope. After them, they were followed by another group of people known as the Puritans. The Puritans had come to form new colonies for New England. All of these groups had one thing in common, to spread their religion into the Promised Land. What the groups thought was promised and was there will, was not to be attained based on the different problems and challenges they faced.


            The Puritans and the Pilgrims all expected to form colonies of New England in the newfound land but I think that was not to happen. This was because of the challenges they faced in the new land. When the Pilgrims first landed with ‘The Mayflower’ in the new land, they signed a treaty that they were going to work together. I think they meant well for the purposes of religion and uniting one another. I think the Puritans also meant well. They traveled to the new lands so that they could have new colonies and spread their religion (“Cobbs Hoffman & Gjerge, 65”). However, what they believed was their destiny was to be faced by different challenges.

            There is no way the Puritans and the Pilgrims could have just sailed on the new lands and expect to take over the new lands from the indigenous people. The indigenous people mainly the Indians did not agree with their religion and a conflict arose. I think this was mainly because the Puritans and the Pilgrims thought that the religion of the Indians was primitive and the Indians thought they were taking over their spiritual lands. This led to a conflict between the different groups that resulted into a war (“Cobbs Hoffman & Gjerge, 69”).

            I tend to think trade was another challenge that affected both the Puritans and the Pilgrims. It is believed that religion and trade go hand in hand. This is because religion is always peaceful providing the room for trade. On the other hand, trade is an economic activity as compared to religion, which is a social activity. This made the Puritans and Pilgrims to be distracted of there main course (“Cobbs Hoffman & Gjerge, 68”). As a result, the Puritans and the Pilgrims were not able to attain what they thought was meant to be a destiny.

            The last challenge was that the different religions the groups had were very contradicting. For instance, the puritan women were used to help in read and interpreting the Bible, the Native Americans had a different of how the women were treated in the society. The women were kept in the house where their only duty was to perform the house chores (“Foner Eric, 32”). In this case, the Puritans and the Pilgrims were distracted from their main objective thus becoming a hindrance to their main objectives. 


            The Pilgrims defected from the Church of England and sailed all to the America where they thought that they were going to acquire New England colonies. In the process, their main aim was to spread the gospel. The Puritans also believed that the American lands was there chosen land where they were supposed to start a new life and spread the gospel. However, there dreams and there thoughts were not fulfilled due to the various challenges they encountered. One of the challenges is the wars, the second challenge is the economy and the last challenge is the difference in religion. Therefore, I think the Puritans and the Pilgrims could not have been able to achieve their objectives or dreams.

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