in 1630, English governor John Locke, along with 1,000 Puritans, went to America to settle in a new place. they established a religious government that was for church members only. By moving to Massachusetts, it set a new path for transferring the charter and local management. The Puritans also established Boston, Charlestown, Dorchestor, Medford, Watertown, Roxbury. and Lynn. This was important because it gave the Puritans a chance to expand their religion to other parts of the world.