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  • The English in North America
    Jean Lowry
  • Chapter 8: New England
    During the Seventeenth Century, the social and economic pressure within England that generated the Chesapeake colonies also spawned the colonization of a region to the north named New England
    New England farms, workshops, counting houses, and gristmills-as well as churches and schools constituted the puritans’ effort to glorify God
    During the 1530s, Queen Elizabeth’s father, King Henry VIII, had rejected the Catholic pope to become the head of an independent Church of England
    A system of church courts gave the crown a vehicle to extort revenue and to punish dissidents
    Puritans sought to recover the original, pure, and simple church of Jesus Christ and his apostles
    Puritans wished to strip away church ceremony and formulaic prayers as legacies of papacy
    They longed to experience the “New Birth”: a transforming infusion of divine grace that liberated people from profound anxiety over their spiritual worthlessness and eternal life
  • Chapter 8: New England
    The puritan movement especially appealed to residents of the most commercialized area in England: the southeast, particularly London, East Anglia, and Sussex
    Puritans came from all ranks of English society, including a few aristocrats, but most belonged to the “middling sort” of small property holders
    Puritans held that men honored God and proved their own salvation by working hard in their occupation
    Puritans denounced conspicuous consumption and covetousness and urged generous donations to spread the gospel
    In 1604, King James I declared the Puritanism as well agreeth with monarchy as God and the devil
    The Puritan emigrants followed French and English marines, Fishermen, and fur traders who had visited the New England coast during the summers
  • Chapter 8: New England
    The first Puritan emigrants consisted of 102 Separatists, subsequently called the Pilgrims
    In 1620 they crossed the Atlantic in the ship Mayflower to found a town named Plymouth on the South shore of Massachusetts Bay
    By 1640 the expanding settlements spawned new colonies
    The religious and the economic were interdependent in the lives of people who saw piety and property as mutually reinforcing
    During the 1620s and 1630s the English middling sort had economic cause to consider emigrating across the Atlantic
    At the same time, the depression of the cloth industry deepened, threatening to ruin hundreds of Puritan cloth-makers
    English people could more cheaply, easily, and certainly improve their material circumstances by moving to the nearby and booming Netherlands, which welcomed skilled immigrants
  • Chapter 8: New England
    English culture expected all adults to marry and divided their labors into male and female responsibilities
    Men conducted the heaviest work
    Women maintained the home and its nearby garden and cared for the numerous children
    The New English understood marriage as both romantic and economic
    New English women lived in closer proximity than did their Chesapeake sisters
    In New England, women could more readily and routinely visit to borrow, lend, help, and talk
    Women played a leading role in the oral circulation of news and opinion that determined the standing of men, as well as women, in the community
    Endowed with good ships and skilled marines, New England merchants developed profitable and far-flung transatlantic trading networks of growing complexity
  • Chapter 12: Middle Colonies
    Until mid-century, the English neglected the intervening mid-Atlantic coast, despite its advantages
    More fertile and temperature than New England, but far healthier than the Chesapeake, the mid-Atlantic region was especially promising for cultivating grain, raising livestock, and reproducing people
    The English neglect enabled the Dutch and Swedes to establish their own small colonies
    By conquering New Netherland, Charles and James meant to strengthen England’s commerce by weakening its principal rival, the Dutch Empire
    The conquest also initiated the development of a new cluster of English colonies- the middle colonies, defined by their setting between New England and the Chesapeake
    Possessing Europe’s most efficient merchant marine and fishing fleet, the Dutch dominated the carrying trade of Northern and Western Europe, the North Seas Fisheries, and Arctic whaling
  • Chapter 12: Middle Colonies
    The combination of republican government, religious toleration, naval power, colonial trade, and a manufacturing boom endowed the Dutch with the greatest national wealth and the highest standard of living in Europe
    By 1650 the Dutch reaped most of the profits taken in European commerce with China, India, Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean
    In 1614 Dutch traders established a year-round presence on the upper Hudson by founding Fort Nassau, later relocated and renamed Fort Orange, with an associated village called Beverwyck
    Upriver the Dutch were too few, and too dependent upon trade, to intimidate their native neighbors, the formidable Iroquois Five Nations
    The upriver respect for Iroquois power contrasted with the Dutch treatment of the Hudson River Indians, a disunited set of Algonquian-speaking bands
    The Dutch counted on the high quality and low prices of their goods to attract Indian trade
  • Chapter 12: Middle Colonies
    Dutch relations with the Indians were far worse in the lower Hudson Valley, where the growing numbers of colonists clashed with the local Algonquians
    In contrast to English women, Dutch wives kept their sisters maiden names, which reflected their more autonomous identity by law
    The English succeeded as colonizers largely because their society was less successful at keeping people content at home
    Poorer and more disaffected, the seventeenth-century English prevailed in emigrating to colonize the Atlantic seaboard of north America
    Any trade open to the merchants and mariners of the mother country was equally open to the colonists
    The expansion of transoceanic trade had powerful multiplier effects upon the English and colonial economies
    Provisioning ships for long voyages encouraged commercial agriculture, while overseas markets stimulated demand for English manufactures, especially cloth and metal goods
  • Chapter 12: Middle Colonies
    King Charles II meant to eliminate New Amsterdam as a base for Dutch shippers who traded with Virginia, to capture the valuable fur trade conducted on the upper Hudson
    Fearing the destruction of their town and property, the intimidated Dutch refused to fight, obliging the enraged Governor Stuyvesant to surrender
    The imposition of English common law eroded the opportunities for Dutch colonial women to hold, manage, and dispose of property
    By conquering New Netherland, the English replaced the Dutch in their alliance and trade with Iroquois Five Nations, particularly the Mohawk
    Obliged to make a humiliating peace, the Iroquois accepted French Jesuit missionaries in 1667
    The Iroquois traditionalists acted from a renewed confidence in Albany as a source of trade and a base for allies
    Peter Stuyvesant, in 1664, standing among residents of New Amsterdam who are pleading with him to surrender to the British who have arrived in warships to claim the territory for England
  • Source
    Taylor, Alan. American Colonies: [the Settling of North America]. New York [u.a.: Penguin, 2002. Print.