Puritans were people categorized by their work towards achieving social, religious, and ethical reforms. They believed that the Church of England had become a product of political struggles, causing the Puritans to flee to America in order to escape religious persecution as well as to achieve freedom of religion. Once the Puritans began arriving in the New World, many of them settled in the New England region.
Although many Pilgrims living in the colonies and settlements accepted the Puritan way of life, spiritual exclusiveness was the primary belief of the Puritan culture. Thus they formed their own settlements, including Massachusetts Bay Colony, which was soon overtaken by non-Puritans during a period in which many people immigrated to the colonies. With the help of the numerous Puritan settlements that had been recently founded, there were nearly one hundred thousand Puritan immigrants living in America by 1700.
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Puritans were the first people to write books specifically for children.