In the 16th century England was a country where the king’s religion and politics wee the rule of the land. Everyone forced to attend state-ordained church services and was punished if they disagreed with the practice of those services. By the end of the century many Englishmen and women started to detest the way the church and state was governed, and so started the Puritans. They then fled into Holland because the English government had started to prosecute them.
The Puritans found in Holland the religious freedom they craved, but the daily lives of an rural group into a foreign industrial and commercial centers was difficult. Along with other reasons they decided to leave Holland and go to the new world. So they obtained a Land Patent from the London Virginia Company which would allow them to begin an isolated settlement at the mouth of the Hudson River. So they obtained a Land Patent from King James, something he later regretted, which would allow them to begin an isolated settlement at the mouth of the Hudson River. After many impediments they departed in September 1620 from the English port of Plymouth. Along with them came other prospective pioneers wishing to make a life in the New World. Two months later they landed in Cape Cod Bay, hundreds of miles north of their intended destination but nevertheless at the end of a long journey to freedom.
The Europeans thought they deserved the land because they were Gods chosen people. They thought they had earned it through their years of hardship and enslavement. Also since the Indians were dying of diseases and the Europeans weren’t they thought they were superior to the Indians. The Europeans justified there expansion because they thought they were helping them. Europeans had an idea that the natives were savages and needed to be converted to Christianity and saved from satin.