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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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(p.144) Chapter 10 Boston
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

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This chapter explains that by choosing Boston as their destination, the new colonists had avoided the challenges facing those who arrived, as had the first New England settlers, in an unsettled wilderness needing to immediately build their own shelters and plant the crops on which they would soon have to depend. Boston offered accommodation while the new arrivals learned more about the world they had come to, made their plans for their settlement, and replenished their supplies. Excited by the freedom to worship and debate as they wished, some of the members of the Boston congregation abandoned the caution with which many puritans had customarily pursued the secrets of God's work, precipitating a crisis that threatened to tear the community apart at the time when the Hector sailed into Boston harbor.

Keywords:   Boston, congregation, Hector, Boston harbor, puritans

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