MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES. AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING AND A TWO-YEAR LAYOFF FROM BLOGGING, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN THE NONFICTION GENRE. I ENJOY POSTING A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION FROM MY PERSPECTIVE AND WELCOME ALL COMMENTS FROM READERS.
Most people know New England was not settled quickly. Beginning around 1501, English ships explored the Atlantic coast of North America, but those who initially settled the territory chose to stay in Eastern Canada or near the rich soil of Virginia.
The Pilgrims were no exception. They were extreme separatists who branched away from the mainstream Puritan movement in England hoping to find religious freedom in Virginia. They set sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower, but wound up landing in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1620.
The harshness of the New England climate reinforced the Puritan determination to establish themselves as the selected holy faithful in a sinful world. They believed that God would reward their resolve. Their outlook permeated American society in New England, lasting into the twentieth century.
It is interesting to ponder whether the Puritan ethic that we inherited from those first settlers helped or hindered the growth of our nation.