1. The Europeans were interested in the "New World" because they had hope that it could lead to them a better life. Not all were interested for the same reason; some people had wanted to be wealthy and some people wanted to escape religious abuse, but all were wanting to a start a new life.
2. The ways that you can contrast colonial religions is that New England religion was to praise god and believe freedom and people who presented a different religion were not welcome. The middle colonies accepted any religion. When this was announced, people from foreign countries started going over. All kinds of religions were there like Catholics, Christians, Jews and more. The south colonies religion was Anglican and Catholic. Catholics were the first to arrive on the Maryland.
New England Colonies