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What is the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans?

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What is the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans?

The Mayflower:

Each November, millions of Americans celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving with decorations of turkeys, pumpkins, and Pilgrims. In this case, they are referring to the passengers of the Mayflower who landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.

Answer and Explanation:

We often refer to the passengers of the Mayflower as both Pilgrims and Puritans. While in this case, they are the same thing, the two terms are often quite different. Pilgrims are people who make a pilgrimage, a journey made for religious observance or done at the perceived instruction of a deity. Puritans are a religious group of Christians who believed in a strict code of moral behavior and simplicity. In the case of the Mayflower, the Puritan passengers were making a pilgrimage because they believed God wanted them to travel to the New World.


Learn more about this topic:

The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies

from History 103: US History I

Chapter 2 / Lesson 6
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