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  • The Civil War?

    Not what you might first think as a question.

    I've spoken to Slick about this once before and he was unable to enlighten me, so its over to you. A few simple questions...

    1. What were the opinions, views, actual status and any other factors in the American Colonies (if any), in reference to and in regard of the three English Civil Wars from 1645 onwars?

    2. What were the opinions, views, actual status and any other factors in the American Colonies (if any), in reference to and in regard of Cromwells reign as Lord Protector?

    Thanks

    Gaz

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    As you can imagine, most New Englanders were very much in favor of Parliament, and quite relieved once Laud was disposed of. The Civil Wars caused the end of the Great Migration to New England, and began a return movement as many settlers returned to England to fight for Parliament or serve the Protectorate.

    Edward Winslow was one of the settlers of Plymouth Colony in 1620. During the 1640s he went back to England to represent Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay in some legal disputes, but wound up holding a minor office in the Protectorate, and in 1655 was sent as a commissioner in Cromwell's expedition against the West Indies.

    Henry Vane was only briefly in Massachusetts Bay in the 1630s, but served as governor and played an important part in the early development of the colony. He returned to England before the Civil Wars, and played an important political role in the conflicts there and was eventually executed for treason in 1662.

    The above mentioned are just a couple examples of the many colonists who took part in the Civil Wars.

    The conflict even spilled over to the colonies with the 1655 Battle of the Severn which has been described as the last battle of the Civil Wars.
    "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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