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Reasons Colonists Came to the New World

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Gold, God, & Growth Reasons Why Colonists
Came to America Rulers wanted new people to travel to the New World because that could expand their empire to include new land and settlements.
Charters were granted to business people, like the Virginia Company, who then helped poorer English make the journey to the New World and settle.
Kings were encouraging to people leaving because it ultimately helped him. Encouragement From Rulers When the Spanish found gold and riches with the Native Americans in Mexico, many other colonists believed they could find gold and riches for themselves
Although gold and silver did not exists in abundance everywhere, the English did not know this and colonists continually came searching for this wealth. Hunger for Gold and Silver In England, most people were peasants or tenant farmers who worked on more wealthy citizens land. There was not a lot of land and if it was for sale it was usually very expensive.
In the colonies, land seemed abundant. Many of the first settlers were given free land by a colony or purchased the land cheaply.
Native Americans were pushed out of land because the settlers did not understand how Native Americans viewed land.
The availability of land was a major reason many settlers came to the colonies. Land Hunger Many people were facing difficulties in Europe.
Poverty, Political turmoil, famine, and disease plagued many peoples lives and these people believed they could escape these bad things by coming to the New World.
Thousands of European men, women, and children traveled to the colonies during 1629 to 1640 to look for a better life. This period was called the Great Migration.
These colonists wanted new opportunities and thought they could find them in the colonies.
Other people were simply adventurous and wanted a new challenge in their life Wanted a Better Life As we have already discussed, many religious groups came to the colonies for religious reasons.
Not all groups wanted religious tolerance though.
The Puritans and Pilgrims came and established settlements in order to worship God in the way they wanted, but they were NOT tolerant of other religions.
Catholics, Quakers, and Jews are examples of groups who created new settlements for religious tolerance and freedom to practice their beliefs however they wished. Religious Reasons Political
Economic
Social
Religious ALL Reasons for coming to the New World Can be classified into 4 categories. Push Factors: factors that cause to want to move people away from a location.
Pull Factors: Factors that appeal to a person about the new location The reasons also can be categorized into Push and Pull Factors Push Away Pull towards Many colonists came as indentured servants.
Colonial landowners or businessmen would pay for the indentured servants travel to the colonies and in return the person would work for the landowner or businessman for an agreed upon length.
During the time the person was indentured, they gave up certain freedoms while they worked. It was very similar to slavery, but these people choose to become indentured servants and could eventually obtain freedom.
Once the debt was worked off, the indentured servant was free to start their own life in the colonies. Indentured Servants Religious Groups Pilgrims (Plymouth)
wanted to escape persecution and separate from the Church of England
Puritans (Massachusetts)
wanted to purify the Church of England
Quakers (Pennsylvania)
wanted to escape religious persectution
Catholics (Maryland)
Wanted to escape religious persecution
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