THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ROGER WILLIAMS IMMIGRATES TO COLONIAL AMERICA (1631)

Roger Williams Immigrates to Colonial America (1631)

An English clergyman and early espouser of Puritanism, Williams immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1631, but it was not long before his then-unorthodox views on religious toleration, Indian rights, and the separation of church and state brought about his banishment. He headed south and in 1636 founded Providence, the first settlement of the Rhode Island colony. Under his leadership, the colony became a haven for religious dissenters. What other practice was he an early opponent of? More…Discuss

 

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