Actually the first colonists settled in Jamestown for religious reasons, although this colony didn't survive. But many of the colonists were looking for somewhere to practice their quite rigid, religious beliefs. This was true of the Puritans and Calvinists. At the time, Europe was becoming more tolerant relaxing the stringent expectations of people. Other people came because they were looking for opportunity or t start over. Some came to exploit the New World resources.
The practice of religion was the reason the English settlers moved to the New World. The English were Puritan Settlers as well as pacifists. The were called the Puritans because they believed in having a very pure religion. These people also moved to the New World to be free of religious persecution, these people were known as the Pilgrims(Plymouth Rock, circa 1620).
It brought peoples thier because it had better religion than were they come from so they came