pioneers were made up of brave men and braver women.
It cannot be asserted that their courage was the result of any single, dominating motive, equally operative in all of the colonies.
's familiar line about seeking “freedom to worship God” was measurably true of the Pilgrims of Plymouth
, about whom she was writing.
But the far more important Puritan
emigration to Massachusetts
aimed not so much at “freedom” as at the establishment of a theocracy according to the Scriptures.
These men straightway denied freedom of worship, not only to newcomers who sought to join them, but to those members of their own company who developed independent ways of thinking.
The list of motives for emigration ran the whole gamut, from missionary fervor for converting the savages, down through a commendable desire for gain, to the perhaps no less praiseworthy wish to escape a debtor's prison or the pillory.
A few of the colonists were rich.
Some were beggars or indentured servants.
Most of them belonged to the middle class.
was the son of a butcher; Thomas Shepard
, the son of a grocer; Roger
, the son of a tailor.
But all three were