Why did Pilgrims stake their lives on a new beginning in the wilderness of America? Why did the king of England establish an American colony as a refuge for Catholics, and a later king establish one for Quakers? Why did so many aristocrats migrate to Virginia right after 1645? Why were twelve of the first thirteen colonies founded under the Stuart Dynasty? We will look at the first century of our country to understand who came, and why, and what they attempted to create in the New World.