Why did the puritans emigrate from England to massachusetts?
The puritans were fundamentalists and subscribed to calvinistic doctrines as well as the philosophies of Buchanan and Knox. These philosophies challenged the English monarchy by advocating the overthrow of any heretic monarchy. They were particulary adamant against Queen Elizabeth and her newly established Anglican Church, they also felt that their was to great of infiltration of Catholicism within England. For their extremist views, and threats against the peace in an already turbulent time period they were persecuted and took refuge first in the Netherlands. It is later that they set sail for the New World which they believed to be God’s answer for the wickedness of Europe. They believed that America was an opportunity to establish God’s kingdom on Earth and they set sail, arriving first in Provincetown MA, then landing at Plimoth where they established the Plimoth colony. Today Plymouth, MA still has the believed Plymouth Rock on view for tourists and a replica of the Mayflower call