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What were the diverse purposes of England's American colonies and how were those purposes altered in the early years of settlement?
September 03, 2009 2:28AM
The colonies were founded to provide escape from religious persecution, and to provide an opportunity to become wealthy.
I wouldn't say that these goals were altered in the early years of settlement. Colonial objections to obstacles to achieving them were mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, which suggests that religious freedom and financial prosperity were still important long after the colonies were founded.