One of the most important dates in US history is the landing of the Mayflower pilgrims on the coast of New England in 1620. These pilgrims were Puritans who sought separation from the Church of England, seen as corrupt and oppressive. The Americans colonies were a haven for the persecuted, and those persecuted for religious reasons found there a land where their communities could flower and bloom in tranquility. Religious plurality is therefore a characteristic of early America. It is important because we have here an aspect that will later find its way into the Constitution.