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The New England colonies were founded to escape religious persecution in England. The New England colonies had rocky soil, which was not suited to plantation farming, so the New England colonies depended on fishing, lumbering, and subsistence farming.
Gold, God, & Growth
It has long been understood that the prime motive for the founding of the New England colonies was religious freedom. Certainly what those early colonists wanted was the freedom to worship God as they deemed proper, but they did not extend that freedom to everyone.
The settlers of Jamestown came for riches and adventure. The early maps of Jamestown showed that there was a Northwest Passage near the colony, even though none existed. These men hoped to find a waterway to China and lots of gold. It took John Smith and tobacco to make Jamestown prosperous.
English colonists had many reasons for settling in North America. The settlers of Jamestown came for riches and adventure. The early maps of Jamestown showed that there was a Northwest Passage near the colony, even though none existed.
Prominent families such as Smiths, Youngs, Woodruff, and very many other early converts were direct descendants from the core New England founders. This subject is noteworthy for a church which strongly emphasizes family history. Lastly, this subject is for many of us today, who have ancestral ties back to this group.