Colonialism. 1492-1770. Puritans. - Puritans were a Christian sect that believed that worship and the Church could be simplified in order to more closely resemble biblical models.
The Puritan lifestyle was a demanding one where there was not much time, nor was it accepted, to be creative.
The Puritans wanted to be controlled by God and everything that happened to them was the fate of God.
Strict Puritan code was far from tolerant.
Any show of emotion. Such as excitement, fear, or anger was discouraged, and disobedience was severely punished.
Children rarely played, as toys and games were scarce. Puritans saw these activities as sinful distractions.
People were expected to work hard and repress their emotions or opinions.
Individual differences were frowned upon. Even the dark, somber Puritan dress was dictated by the church.
They believed that all sins—from sleeping in church to stealing food—should be punished.
They also believed God would punish sinful behavior. When a neighbor would suffer misfortune, such as a sick child or a failed crop, Puritans saw it as God’s will and did not help.
Puritans also believed the Devil was as real as God.
Everyone was faced with the struggle between the powers of good and evil, but Satan would select the weakest individuals—women, children, the insane—to carry out his work.
Those who followed Satan were considered witches. Witchcraft was one of the greatest crimes a person could commit, punishable by death.
Government was a theocracy – run by the Church. Many rules were created to regulate behavior and enforce a strict moral code. For Example:
For the crime of high stubbornness and rebelliousness
Sleeping in church
Playing on Sunday
placed in the stocks for two hours
Idleness (talking, swimming or playing during work hours)