The Massachusetts Bay Colony
About the The Massachusetts Bay Colony Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• To be able to describe how the Massachusetts Bay Colony came about.
• To be able to identify the governmental structure of the colony.
• To be able to identify the different types of Puritans.
In the early seventeenth century, there were two types of Puritans: Separatist Puritans and non-Separatist Puritans. Separatist Puritans thought that English society was corrupt. They wanted to separate themselves from the corrupt society. They were unhappy with the Anglican Church and with the King. As a result, they fled to the New World. They established what they felt were ideal Christian communities in Plymouth, Salem, Dover, and Portsmouth.