A settler is a person who moves to a new place with the intention to stay there. Colonial America was built by settlers who came mainly from England.

Settlers often think of themselves as being the first people to live in an area, although through history settlers moved to places already inhabited by native people. A settler's primary goal is to set up a home — claim land, build houses, and establish new towns with other settlers. The noun settler originally meant "thing that settles," though by the 1690s it was used to mean "person moving to a new country," from the Old English word setlan, "cause to place."

Definitions of settler
  1. noun
    a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
    synonyms: colonist
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    John Endecott
    born in England; in 1629 he became the founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1588-1665)
    Anne Hutchinson
    American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
    Peter Minnewit
    Dutch colonist who bought Manhattan from the Native Americans for the equivalent of $24 (1580-1638)
    Miles Standish
    English colonist in America; leader of the Pilgrims in the early days of the Plymouth Colony (1584-1656)
    Roger Williams
    English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
    Edward Winslow
    English colonial administrator who traveled to America on the Mayflower and served as the first governor of the Plymouth Colony (1595-1655)
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    Pilgrim, Pilgrim Father
    one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620
    one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory
    a settler or prospector (especially in western United States or northwest Canada and Alaska)
    homesteader, nester, squatter
    someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
    a dweller in the Australian bush country
    backwoodsman, frontiersman, mountain man
    a man who lives on the frontier
    a woman who lives on the frontier
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    migrant, migrator
    traveler who moves from one region or country to another
  2. noun
    a negotiator who settles disputes
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    negotiant, negotiator, treater
    someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)
  3. noun
    a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings
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    an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
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