"a Continental city, where a new life had awaited her"

This city is later specified as Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. Amsterdam had, as result of the autonomy it gained after its war with religiously-restrictive Spain, defined itself as a place where people were free to worship as they pleased. As a result, it attracted Puritans fleeing England to escape the authority of the bishops during 1608. These renegades would ultimately leave Europe altogether to set up new religious colonies in America.

Amsterdam is renowned for its canal system
Public DomainAmsterdam is renowned for its canal system - Credit: Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde

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