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In 1630, Puritan dissidents, believing England under the Stuarts to be too wicked for good Christians to endure, began to migrate to settlements along the shores of Massachusetts Bay. John Winthrop (1587–1649), the colony’s governor, used the occasion of the arrival of the first wave of settlers to sketch out his vision of how a Christian community should be organized and conduct its affairs. Winthrop hoped New England would be as “a city upon a hill”—a model for all Christian communities around the world.

Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco, eds., The Puritans in America: A Narrative Anthology, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1985), 82–92.

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