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By 1768 New York had a distinct Methodist chapel. The movement seemed doomed when John Wesley forthrightly condemned the revolutionary cause, but by the 1780s Methodism emerged as an American church, with a huge potential for growth. By 1790 the Methodist Episcopal Church had claimed 40 000 adherents in the new United States. The German churches spawned evangelical sects such as the United Brethren and Evangelical Association, which grew dramatically at the end of the century. Revivals and awakenings proved a lively incentive to new settlement, as families and groups set out to form new villages where they could live in godliness and unity: from New England especially, 'New Light' settlers spread west into Ohio.

The Massachusetts Puritans were strictly orthodox Calvinist Christians, with ideas on matters such as the Trinity and the Virgin Birth that would have been largely accepted by any mainstream Anglican or even Catholic. They were not prepared to accept the slightest deviation or even speculation on basic matters, which was a difficult position when so many individual believers had their own interpretation of the Scriptures. As the political crisis mounted in England in 1640, the collapse of ecclesiastical control inevitably meant the growth of extreme sectarian opinions and their propagation through books, pamphlets and personal visits by missionaries.

In 1675 a devastating war broke out between the colonists and the local Wampanoag Indians led by Metacom, 'King Philip'. The war dragged on for a year and resulted in the death of six hundred colonists and perhaps three thousand natives. In 1676 the prospect of a general Indian confrontation led to widespread demands for improved military preparations and the devolution of more power from the colonial capitals to the frontier communities themselves. In Virginia the detonator for unrest was the governor's embargo on further penetration into Indian lands without his permission, and the erection of forts to enforce this.

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