WHO WERE THE PURITANS?

The Puritans came to our shores and settled in Massachusetts.  They came to escape the restrictions of a religion they found intolerable in England.  Interestingly, they were as restrictive about their brand of religion as those from whom they had escaped.  A small group did not like what was occurring in Massachusetts and gathered their families, belongings and cattle and moved a little further south to what eventually became Connecticut.  They believed strongly in education for both boys and girls and particularly for their religious leaders.

The Connecticut Colonial Governor was John Winthrop, Jr., son of the Colonial Governor of Massachusetts.  He was instrumental in changing the requirements necessary to charge a person with being a witch and did not believe in the persecution of witches.  He played an important part in Elizabeth’s story in the novel “Hang the Witch,” available on Amazon and Kindle.

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