The English get a bonus on production of Crosses, which is what prompts new free colonists to appear on the European docks. This will make it a little easier to expand the colony and build up the cities. This bonus alludes to "religious unrest" in England in the 1600s, such as that which led people such as the Puritans, Quakers, and Amish to come to America.
Your player color is red (which will be familiar to players of Civ2).
Your default player name is Walter Raleigh.
Your default territory name is New England.