Thomas Morton

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Thomas Morton was born in Devon, England in 1579, into a conservative Anglican family of the Devon gentry. Devon at that time was considered the "dark corner of the land" by Protestant reformers, due to its traditionalist intransigence, which included not only a High Church Anglicanism, that shared many traits with Catholicism, but also a paternalistic populism combined with rural folk tradition that, for the Puritans, came close to paganism. To the local inhabitants, however, it was merely "Old England" — this culture was firmly ingrained in him.

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