“There is an abundance of evidence to show that a secret society was the prime mover behind the colonization of Virginia America and the founding of the Grand Lodge of the Free-Masons in 1723.” 
The above quote comes from a short book, Freemasonry Came to America With Captain John Smith in 1607. But the Freemasons may have arrived well before 1607, via the lost fleet of the Knights Templar. Prince Henry of Scotland landed in Nova Scotia in 1398. The Templar Fleet, fleeing the sudden crack-down of 1307 A.D., seems to have gone first to Scotland. Hunted by the dominant authority, the Templars invented secret signs and handshakes with which to recognize hidden brethren. This, according to author John J. Robinson , is the origin of Freemasonry. (Further background: Knights Templar in America, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of July 5, 2014.)
But Freemasonry possibly extends much further back in time, to the Phoenician civilization. And Phoenician colonists beyond doubt came to North America thousands of years ago. (See my book, Tales of the Cardiff Giant, published by Lulu.com) At least vestiges of ancient Freemasonry are still possessed by some of the Indian tribes of America. The Reverend Dr. Skiuhushu was scheduled to give a talk in Carbondale, Illinois on Sunday, August 16, 1925. A Blackfoot Indian, Dr. Skiuhushu, besides being an ordained minister, was reportedly “the Arch Senior Most Great High Priest of the American Indian Order, which order goes back in the phylosophy [sic] of teaching in Masonry among the Red Men eleven thousand five hundred years ago in America.” (See “Great Antiquity of Indian Freemasonry”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of September 11, 2012.)
It is a curious fact that almost all histories of the American Revolution ignore its Masonic connections. George Washington himself was a Freemason, “healed” as an “Antient” Mason in 1756. “[A]ll Freemasons should know that the idea of union originated in Colonial Freemasonry, and was developed and advocated by Freemasons, and was realized under their leadership.” 
Francis Bacon planned for an ideal commonwealth, in a “land far away and many years in the future.” His book, The New Atlantis, describes his dream.
“We find that today,” wrote the late Virginia Fellows, “few know how vital a part Francis Bacon played not only in Newfoundland but in the founding of Jamestown. A careful search of the archives of history reveals that Bacon drew up the papers for the king’s signature granting the charter for the Virginia Company of London. The charter, notes author Peter Dawkins, contained the beginnings of a new system of governance for the colony – constitutionalism.” 
And too, “[a]t the time, ‘Virginia’ was the name given to a vast span of North America’s coast, extending even to parts of Canada.” 
Francis Bacon was the guiding light for a secret society honoring Pallas Athena. The state seal of Virginia does not show Queen Elizabeth I, the so-called “Virgin Queen.” The state seal of Virginia shows Pallas Athena, the “Spear Shaker.” And “Virginia,” so-called, historically includes the North American continent and not just what is now the state of Virginia.
Bacon was also a shareholder in the Virginia Company, according to author Nicholas Hagger (The Secret Founding Of America). Ever since Scotland’s King James VI (England’s James I) brought Templarism to England when he was crowned British king, there seems to have been a secret Masonic plan to form a New Atlantis in North America. Bacon also was deeply involved in Masonry. Hagger cites author George Tudhope (Freemasonry Came To America With Captain John Smith In 1607) in support of there having been a secret birth of the United States.
In 1635, missing works written by Francis Bacon may have been taken to Jamestown by Henry Blount, who later changed his name to Nathaniel Bacon. These works, it is claimed, were buried in a secret vault. (See also, “Vault Believers Want New Dig”, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1686763/posts)
The Founding Fathers, though overwhelmingly Masonic, still had high ideals. A counter-force, represented by the “Planting Fathers” – those who had landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 – precipitated a tug-of-war over the U.S. Constitution. The secret Deistic Freemasonry was at odds with the Christianity of the Planting Fathers. Besides Christianity, also opposed to Deism was the poet William Blake. Blake demonized “Urizen” (“Your Reason”) and rejected the materialism of Isaac Newton. (“May God us keep, From Single vision & Newton’s sleep!”)
Blake basically said, “Not faith, not reason, but imagination.” Blake urged that we, “Think outside the box” (imposed by these other two factions of faith and reason). Disgusted by the deification of “reason,” Blake penned a contrary argument to “the faculty which experiences”:
“The Poetic Genius is the true Man… the body or outward form of man is derived from the Poetic Genius… the forms of all things are derived from their Genius, which by the Ancients was called an Angel & Spirit & Demon… all are alike in the Poetic Genius… Man’s perceptions are not bounded by organs of perception… The bounded is loathed by its possessor… More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul, less than All cannot satisfy Man… If it were not for the Poetic or Prophetic character, the Philosophic & Experimental would soon be at the ratio of all things & stand still, unable to do other than repeat the same dull round over again.”
The secret Deistic Freemasonry (ancestor of “secular humanism”) implemented ideas of Adam Smith regarding the religious question. There would be a “free market” of religious belief. Churches were considered to be “trading monopolies.” In 1787, the State was separated from the churches, which now had to compete with each other for clients in a commercial setting.
“The concept of federalism had been taken from Freemasonry, in particular the Grand Lodge system of Freemasonry, which had been set down in writing in Anderson’s Constitutions of 1723.” (Hagger, op. cit.) Anderson’s Constitutions “turned Freemasonry into an open organization behind which secret organizations could hide.” (Ibid.) And Anderson, in turn, had “based his Constitutions on the regulations of the Jesuits’ Society of Jesus.” (Ibid.)
Abraham Lincoln, neither a Freemason nor belonging to any of the church “trading monopolies,” like the Son of Man had “nowhere to lay his head.” When the time came, Lincoln had no gang to protect him. Lincoln “had stood up to the Freemasons and had defeated them but, like Washington, he was a Deist who was in trouble for not belonging to a church.” (Hagger, op. cit.) (Lincoln defied, not the Confederacy per se, but a larger plot to break apart these United States.) Abraham Lincoln, explains Hagger, “occupied the no man’s land between Christianity and Freemasonry.” According to Hagger, British Freemasonry used the Knights of the Golden Circle, and in particular John Wilkes Booth, who was a 33rd-degree Mason, to assassinate Lincoln. And what did Booth shout in Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865? “Sic semper tyrannis,” the motto of “Virginia”.
——- Sources ——-
 Freemasonry Came to America With Captain John Smith in 1607, by George V. Tudhope. Pomeroy, WA: Health Research. http://www.healthresearchbooks.com
 Robinson, John J. Born In Blood. Lanham, MD: M. Evans, 1989
 Morse, Sidney. Freemasonry in the American Revolution. Kessinger Reprints, http://www.kessinger.net
 Fellows, Virginia. The Shakespeare Code. Gardiner, MT: Snow Mountain Press, 2006