In 1643, four colonies banded together to form the New England Confederation. Onld Engladn was deeply involved in civil wars, and hence the colonists were thrown upon their own resources. the primary purpose of the confederations was defense againts foes or potential foes, notably the Indians, French, and Dutch. Purely intercolonial problems, such as runaway servants adn criminals who had fled came with the jurisdiction of the confederation. Each member of the colony, reguardless of size, wielded 2 votes. the confederation was essentially exclusive Puritan club. It consisted of 2 Massachusetts colonies (Bay and Plymouth) and the 2 Connecticut colonies (New Haven and scattered valley settlements). The confederation was the first notable milestone on the long and rocky road toward colonial unity.