Coming Over: Migration and Communication Between England and New England in the Seventeenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 1987 - History - 324 pages
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Coming Over discusses the English migration to New England in the seventeenth century and shows the importance of English connections in the lives of American colonists. David Cressy reviews the information available to prospective migrants, the decisions they had to reach and the actions necessary before they could settle in America. English men and women moved to New England with a variety of motives, and in a multitude of circumstances. 'Puritanism', involving religious harassment in England and the desire to follow God's ordinances in America, was only one of many factors impelling people to move. Rather than developing in wilderness isolation, the society and culture of seventeenth-century New England were constantly shaped by their English roots. A two-way flow of correspondence, messages and information linked colonists to their homeland. Family duties, political sympathies, friendships, business and legal obligations all led to a continuing attachment across the Atlantic. In treating early America from a British perspective, as a part of English history, Professor Cressy provides us with many insights into the seventeenth century.
 

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Contents

the peopling of early New
37
Reasons moving this people to transplant
74
shipboard socialization
144
debts obligations and
178
homesickness
191
the transatlantic
213
English news in
235
separation reunion and the
263
Epilogue
292
Index
315
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David Cressy is Professor of History at Ohio State University, USA

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