The English founded a new set of colonies in New England during the beginning of the seventeenth century. This area attracted a different type of colonist: people of some wealth, espousing Puritanism. Most of these people were small property owners. ‘New England’ looks at the sorts of settlers who found their new home in New England. By colonial standards, New England attracted an unusual class of emigrants, the sort of skilled and prosperous people who would usually shun the risks of leaving home and setting up a new life. The settlers in New England found foes in religious dissidents and witches, and to a greater extent among the Native Americans. But most of the native people stayed away.