"To avoid political gridlock, Cromwell dissolved Parliament in 1653 and ruled the country as Lord Protector until his death in 1658."
"The term 'Puritan' was first used in the 1560s of those English Protestants who considered the Reforms under Queen Elizabeth incomplete and called for further 'purification'" (Beeke and Pederson, xv)
"John Winthrop leads the first great Puritan exodus to Massachusetts aboard the 'Arbella'... as part of a seven ship flotilla. During the next decade, some of the most esteemed preachers in England, incluing JOhn Cotton, Thomas Hooker, and Thomas Shepard joined 13,000 emigrants who sailed to New England."
The Five Mile Act prohibited ejected ministers from coming within five miles of their former parishes or any city or town.