The Boston Puritans in The Scarlet Letter have a clearly defined set of religion influenced laws and have punishments that are borrowed from the bible. They have a theocracy and their very society has religion instilled into it. The Puritans led by Bradford in Of Plymouth Plantation arrived in America to colonize and met the natives, establishing a treaty of agreed upon rules and punishments for both sides to follow. Their religious background provided the basis of their governmental decisions and interactions with the natives. The confederacy of the Iroquois Nations has an established system of beliefs, punishments, laws, and their lords are expected to preach religiously in Dekanawidah’s Constitution of the Iroquois Nations. The indians are also theocratic and much like the puritans, give leaders religious authority. Both the Iroquois and Puritan Nations were different in the way that they governed themselves but were similar in the elements of theocracy and clearly defined punishment processes that they implemented.In William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, religion influences the making of the settlers and defines their perception and initial interactions with the native Americans. When the settlers come to America, their voyage is very hard, but they make it mostly intact and attribute all future plans and successes to God. After getting off the ship, the settlers rejoice at the fact they are on dry land now. “Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. ” (Bradford 5). They do this because they are deeply religious and believe that God’s will carried them there, despite one of their men dying. They also use the same religious beliefs to deal with the natives and make laws (via an agreement) inspired by their fear of the natives at first sight (because they recall the barbarians and the apostle).In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the law and religion are the exact same thing to the Puritans. To them, law and religion intermix to the point where a theocracy is formed and like Bradford’s group, make governmental decisions based off of the teachings of the church. A good example of this are when the Puritans of the colony are staring at Hester Prynne as she stands in shame upon the platform of the guilty. “In either case, there was very much the same solemnity of demeanour on the part of the spectators, as befitted a people among whom religion and law were almost identical, and in whose character both were so thoroughly interfused, that the mildest and severest acts of public discipline were alike made venerable and awful. ” (Hawthorne 11). In their legal codex, the Puritans decide to put in laws from scripture (the bible). In addition to this (and with the theme of theocracy), they also implement punishments and penalties from the old testament, which is the oldest part of the holy bible. In Dekanawidah’s Constitution of the Iroquois Nations, there is also a theocracy present amongst the native tribes. The Iroquois Nations believe in many gods and they openly express it in their confederation with their allies by declaring a legal responsibility of the confederate lords to act as spiritual leaders. “26. It shall be the duty of all of the Five Nations Confederate Lords, from time to time as occasion demands, to act as mentors and spiritual guides of their people and remind them of their Creator’s will and words”(Dekanawidah 60). The Indians are as much theocrats as the Puritans are, they like to keep the church and the state as one entity and have no notion of their separation. Of the five Iroquois lords, all of them are expected to act as preachers as much as they are political leaders, using religion as a tool to exact order and governmental will upon the people.The Puritans and Iroquois ruled differently over their citizens but were also governments who valued legal processes (that clearly defined punishments) and their religion, along with the obligations and duties associated with religion. In William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation:, the Puritan settlers were heavily influenced by their religion when making decisions and interacting with the indigenous American people. Their dealings with the natives proved their worry and skepticism based upon their scriptural teachings. They establish punishments and rules in their first mutual treaty with them. During the length of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, it is frequently mentioned that religion and law are practically the same. Similarly, Dekanawidah’s Constitution of the Iroquois Nations, the natives have a theocracy by virtue of their political leaders also being religious ones. The constitution of the natives requires their leaders to not only guide their people politically, but religiously as well. Overall, the first civilizations in North America did not have a concept of separating the church and state, creating the theocratic governments that we read about today.