Thomas Morton: New English Canaan

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History writing was an important concern for the Puritans; it was their belief that God manifested its presence in every single event and, therefore, the more detailed the account of daily existence, the more complete the resulting inventory of God's actions. By registering every event they believed they would find keys to learn about God's designs for them. Also, they were aware that the best propaganda for encouraging prospective settlers to New England was to produce good histories. The Puritans, who knew that their mission in New England was in need of publicity in England so as to attract more settlers, were very careful about the reports that were published, exercising a tight control over the accounts that made their way into …

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Gomez-Galisteo, M. Carmen. "New English Canaan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 June 2009
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