The best way to compare Puritans to Pilgrims is to compare the Massachusetts Bay to Plymouth Rock. To this day, you can see that Boston has been more successful than Plymouth. But that is not to say that The Puritans were not pious and God-fearing. They were just, well, more business-like.
|John Winthrop - Puritan|
|William Bradford - Pilgrim|
The history that we all grew up learning about in school was written in the mid-1800s. And somewhere along the line it was decided that America should be founded by The Pilgrims, at Plymouth Rock. Never mind my family, who were doing quite well in Massachusetts, or for that matter many other groups who had established themselves on the American continent, including people from France or Spain.
The real history of America is not as neat and clean as it is presented in school books and on Disney movies, so I guess I can't blame them. Life was hard for these people, and they weren't just poetic ideals. If you read their books, you will see what I mean.
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