“The Quakers of Wrightsborough were more inclined to the
arts of peace than to the
pursuit of war.”
– Lucien Lamar Knight
For some Europeans migrating to the New World in the 18th century, land and prosperity were not the only reasons to exchange one homeland for another. From the Puritans who fled persecution by the Church of England to the German Lutherans and French Huguenots who feared Catholic reprisals following the Protestant Reformation, religious freedom was more important than national ties or personal gain.