Most of Massachusetts colony was made up of Puritans which were people who didn't agree with Henry VIII. Henry VII had taken over the Churches and told them now that he is the king and he is taking charge. He then began to make Catholic churches with holidays and parades and different things to make it a better place to begin this new rule. This is what became of the Puritans making the Anglican church and decided that all this is too much and they wanted to "purify" it. They didn't agree with some things but also wanted something more. Since the Anglican Churches were against the law, most puritans had to pray and practice their religion in secret with other people in the community that agreed. The consequences were tremendous and some were punished to murder. Most punishments were public whipping, arresting, and other torture devices.