During the age of early settlement in America, various groups of people migrated
to America to start a new life. The two main settlements that were formed on the
eastern seaboard were the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the

Englishmen in The Tidewater Region and Jamestown. The settlers of the

Massachusetts Bay Colony had a more noble purpose in settling in America than
those who settled in Jamestown. The Puritans moved to America in order to
practice their religion, whereas the settlers of Jamestown relocated in order to
amass their wealth.

The Puritans were a sect of Calvinistic Christians who were extremely
pious. They were not free to practice their faith in England and were persecuted
by the Anglican Church. These people risked everything just so they could
freely practice their faith. Their sole purpose in settling in America was to
practice and perpetuate their religion. Their communities were based on their
belief in God and their following of stringent moral values. Conversely, the
settlers in Jamestown came to America to get rich. These profiteers were
interested in milking the land for cash crops and other sources of revenue. Their
express purpose was to make money and increase the trading business. Their
motives are comparatively callous compared to their Puritan counterparts.

The Puritans’ community structure also illustrates their nobler aspirations.

The Puritans formed communities where they could closely practice their faith
together. They had a big focus on families and community worship. Their strict
moral values helped shape their family structures. Their government consisted
of a rudimentary democracy based on the idea of the rule of the majority. In
contrast, the settlers of the Tidewater region were not concerned in forming
communities. These colonists lived far apart on remote, isolated plantations.

There were also not concerned with building families. These settlers were
mostly brash, young men who wanted to earn some money.

The Puritans’ priorities were centered on their religion and the teaching of
it. This is clearly shown in their focus of education. The purpose of education to
them was to teach the children religous and moral values. The Old Deluder Act
said that the way to outsmart Satan and be saved was to learn about God.

Every community of 50 families had a teacher and every community of 100
families had a school. Their emphasis on religous education supports that they
had noble intentions. The Jamestown colonists, however, were not as
concerned with education. When they did educate the children, it was to teach
them a trade of other commerce related education. Again, this illustrates their
main objective of making money.

The Puritans and the Jamestown settlers had extremely different aims in
migrating to America. The Puritans were focused on religous and moral values,
which is far more meritorious than the purposes of the Jamestown settlers. Their
purpose in moving to America was merely to make money. THese two different
societies left their mark in their respective regions which can still be seen today.

The Puritans, with their noble agenda, instilled a religous sentiment in NEw

England.