Between the years 1629 and 1640 nearly eighty thousand Puritans fled England for fear of religious persecution. Many of these Puritans were from all over England, and nearly twenty-one thousand immigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony. Although many Puritans left England in order to escape religious persecution and discrimination, they still held many prejudices against those who belonged to The Church of England. Considering this, several Puritans formed independent settlements throughout the colonies of the New World. As more and more ships carrying Puritans arrived in the New World, numerous Puritan settlements began to spring up. One of the largest and most successful Puritan settlements was Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Along with leaving England in order to escape religious persecution, many . left seeking freedom of religion. They had different beliefs from those who belonged to the Church of England and felt as though they could better worship their own way in the New World. Thus many Puritans left England and its church behind in search of freedom of religion. Eventually, in the 1700’s, there were nearly one hundred thousand Puritan immigrants who had escaped persecution and achieved religious freedom and were living in the colonies and settlements of the New World.