New England Puritans & Pilgrims
New England Puritans & Pilgrims
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New England Puritans & Pilgrims Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?
Colonial Bequeathments

You can read the last will and testament of seventeenth-century English settlers online.

More Bequeathments

At the same site, you can scroll down to the other "Selected Wills."

New England's Blueprint

The Mayflower Compact of 1620.

Indians in Colonial New England

An article on Native Americans in Plymouth Colony criminal cases, 1630-1675, which quotes and cites several primary sources.

Stories from Plymouth

Excerpts from William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1647

New England Government and Sexual Regulation

The proceedings from the First General Assembly of Providence Colony, in 1647, which include provisions against sodomy and buggery.

Indian-Settler Relations

A Connecticut Colony law prohibiting the sale of guns or ammunition to Indians (1642).

The Laws of Matrimony in Plymouth

The laws of Plymouth Colony in 1636, including policies on military impressments and marriage.

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