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Approximate number of Native Americans living in New England when the Pilgrams first arrived: 100,000

Number of English colonists who settled in to New England in the seventeenth century: 21,0002 Number of English colonists who settled in the Chesapeake region: 120,000
Number of English colonists who settled in the Caribbean: 180,000
Number of English colonists who settled in Ireland: 180,0003

Percentage of all seventeenth-century English immigrants to North America bound for New England: 12.8%

Estimated number of sermons the average Puritan listened to in his or her lifetime: 7,000
Average length of each sermon: two hours or more4

Average age at which women in colonial New England first married: 22
Average number of children born to each woman: 75

African-American proportion of the total population of New England in 1660: 1.7%
… in 1700: 1.8%6

African-American proportion of the total population of the Middle Colonies in 1660: 11.5%
…in 1700: 6.8%

African-American proportion of the total population of the Upper South in 1660: 3.6%
…in 1700: 13.1%

African-American proportion of the total population of the Lower South in 1660: 2.0%
…in 1700: 17.6%

African-American proportion of the total population of the British West Indies in 1660: 42.0%
…in 1700: 77.7%

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