The American Colonial and Antebellum College

  • Christopher J. Lucas


Preaching to the future leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard the ship Arbella in the late spring of 1630, John Winthrop prophesied, “Men shall say of succeeding plantations: the Lord make it like that of New England: for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, [and] the eyes of all people are upon us.” Bolstered by absolute faith in a divine blessing upon their venture, the intrepid Puritans thus set out to create in the forbidding and oftentimes hostile wilderness of the New World a new order of things, a “city upon a hill.”1 As Francis Higginson was to explain in New-Englands Plantation, “That which is our greatest comfort, and means of defense above all others, is, that we have here the true religion and holy ordinances of Almighty God taught among us …” He asked rhetorically, “Thus, we doubt not but God will be with us, and if God be with us, who can be against us?”


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