What was the Puritan “errand in the wilderness”?

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Characteristics?

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To civilize the natives

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Because they saw their events in their lives as recapitulations of Bible stories, the Puritans sought to follow in Moses' footsteps in seeking a new covenant with God, to build that city upon a hill."

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Because they saw their events in their lives as recapitulations of Bible stories, the Puritans' sought to follow in Moses' footsteps in seeking a new covenant with God, to build that shining city upon a hill."