The enlargement of the territory of Massachusetts
was, in part, a result of the virtual independence which the commotions in the mother country had secured to the colonies.
The establishment of a union among the Puritan
states of New England
, was a still more important measure.
Immediately after the victories over the Pequods, at
a time when the earliest synod had gathered in Boston
the leading magistrates and elders of Connecticut
, the design of a confederacy was proposed.
Many of the American
statesmen, familiar with the character of the government of Holland
, possessed sufficient experience and knowledge to frame the necessary plan; but time was wanting; the agents of Plymouth
could not be seasonably summoned, and the subject was deferred.
The next year it came again into discussion; but Connecticut
, offended ‘because some preeminence was yielded to Massachusetts
,’ insisted on reserving to each state a negative on the proceedings of the confederacy.
This reservation was refused; for, in that case, said Massachusetts
, ‘all would have come to nothing.’
The vicinity of the Dutch
, a powerful neighbor,
whose claims Connecticut
could not, single-handed, defeat, led the colonists of the west to renew the negotiation; and with such success, that, within a few years, the United
colonies of New England
‘made all as one.’1
Protection against the encroachments