John Winthrop And The Colonization Of New England

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John Winthrop is a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and is one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is a strict Puritan and the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay. While attending Trinity College, he met two other Puritans who would impact the history of the colonization of New England. The first was John Cotton; he is the grandfather of Cotton Mather, who played a major role in the Salem Witch Trials. The other was John Wheelwright, who he was forced to banish from Massachusetts along with Anne Hutchinson. They were convicted of sedition and contempt because their religious views differentiated from orthodox Puritanism. John Winthrop also had no faith in the democratic government of the New England

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