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Early U.S. History. Lecture #2 The First Colonies, 1550-1700. Themes. Europeans set up colonies in America looking for the promises of wealth and religious liberty. Northern and Southern colonies developed sectional differences from their very foundations.

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Early u s history

Early U.S. History

Lecture #2

The First Colonies, 1550-1700


Themes
Themes

  • Europeans set up colonies in America looking for the promises of wealth and religious liberty.

  • Northern and Southern colonies developed sectional differences from their very foundations.








Richard frethorne
Richard Frethorne

  • What was an indentured servant? When did Richard Frethorne write his letter to his parents?

  • What were the difficulties faced by indentured servants?

  • Considering these difficulties, why would someone agree to indentured servitude?

  • How did he cope with his difficulties?

  • What did Frethorne ask of his parents?





John winthrop
John Winthrop

  • When and where did John Winthrop give this sermon? What was his role in the Massachusetts Bay Colony at this time?

  • What did John Winthrop mean when he said he wanted to establish New England as a “city upon a hill?”

  • According to Winthrop, what did the Puritans need to do to make their colony a ”city upon a hill?”



Anne bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet

  • What was Anne Bradstreet’s background?

  • How was her life typical of the experience of Puritan women? How was it atypical?

  • In the first poem, what was the ideal Puritan marriage, and how did her marriage fit that ideal?

  • Based on the first poem, what values were important to Puritans?

  • In the second poem, why did Bradstreet chose the symbol of a pilgrim? What was her main point in this poem? What does that point tell you of the experiences of the Puritan settlers in Massachusetts? What does that main point suggest about the manner in which the Puritans coped with their experiences?


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