Cambridge University became the center of this movement, although it was not acceptable by the Monarchy. James I came to the throne in 1603. He was petitioned by the Puritans for the enforcement of their Scriptural beliefs.
However, in 1604 James I declared, “I will harry them out of the Kingdom.”
Persecution of the Puritans became more severe. This was the same conference in which he granted permission to make a new translation of the English Scriptures. That translation became known as the King James Version or “The Authorized Version of the Bible.”
Persecution became unbearable for many of the Puritan belief. They had to meet secretly, at night, in private homes, arriving at staggered intervals, using separate routes and secret times. Many hundreds of the Puritans gave their lives for their beliefs.
Hundreds more fled England for mainland Europe, particularly Holland. These believers were called Pilgrims because they believed they were fleeing England for religious freedom.
The King James Version of the Holy Bible was never accepted by the Puritans. If a member of the Puritan or Pilgrim congregation owned a King James Version they would be excommunicated from the Church.
Life was next to impossible in Holland.
The language barrier kept them working at minimal jobs requiring extremely long hours and very rigorous work. Life was so hard in Holland many of those in England refused to come, choosing prison over the hard life in Holland.
After much prayer and fasting, the Puritans in Holland believed God had called them to establish a “New Israel” in the new world being discovered in the Americas. They first looked at Guiana, South America and then the Virginia Colony.
However, Guiana was very subject to decease and they would have to deal with the jealousy of the Spaniards. The Virginia Colony would again put them under the rule of the Monarchy. They chose instead to establish a new colony far away, north of Virginia but under the Virginia Charter, with the provision they would have religious liberty. Virginia welcomed this new colony.
It was, however, very difficult to convince the King.
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