English immigrants fleeing religious persecution and founding what was to become America is the most common understanding of the Great Migration story. History, however, is never that simple. 17th century England was one of the most turbulent periods in English history and full of complex and conflicted monarchs and parliamentarians. Charles I is the only monarch in English history to have been put to death. His downfall and the emergence of the Massachusetts Bay Company are linked. BOSTON 400 intends to unravel the various influences that motivated

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