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The confederation was designed largely to coordinate mutual defense, and gained some importance during King Philip's War.during which New England was allied with the Iroquois Confederacy and New France was allied with the Wabanaki Confederacy.
The confrontation led to the first battles of the American Revolutionary War in 1775 and the expulsion of the British authorities from the region in spring 1776.
Ten years later, more Puritans settled north of Plymouth Colony in Boston, thus forming Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Over the next 126 years, people in the region fought in four French and Indian Wars, until the British and their Iroquois allies defeated the French and their Algonquin allies in North America.
The largest metropolitan area is Greater Boston, which also includes Worcester, Massachusetts (the second-largest city in New England), Manchester (the largest city in New Hampshire), and Providence (the capital and largest city of Rhode Island), with nearly a third of the entire region's population.
In 1620, Puritan Separatist Pilgrims from England first settled in the region, forming the Plymouth Colony, the second successful English settlement in America, following the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia founded in 1607.