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Martin Kelly

History of Rhode Island Colony

By August 27, 2013

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The founding of Rhode Island is fascinating. Unlike the other English colonies, Rhode Island was founded under the idea of separation of church and state. Two individuals who had been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, moved the area and founded settlements in Providence and Portsmouth respectively. These joined with two other settlements to form the colony in 1636. Throughout America's history, Rhode Island has been known as a land of fierce independence.

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September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(1) A.S. Howard says:

If you are going to speak about the founding of Rhode Island make sure that you explain that the reason for roger williams to leave Mass. was the belief for the separation of church and state. This in by it self is not the only reasons he left Mass but it is an major reason. When discussing separation of church and state it is not the same idea we see today but the true meaning of the idea that a state ie; England or Mass can not set up a state run church demanding that the people of said country or colony has to worship with in said church and no other. But in stead a person may worship freely as he wants without any action against said person by the state. It has nothing to do with religon in the state but the state not setting up its own religon.so as the consitution followed with its separation of church and state remember Rhode Island was the first in this belief also do not forget that the true meaning is the goverment may not set up a state or goverment controled church or religon or force the people to believe in any religon but all people have the freedom to believe what they will as thier heart guides them. Remember this does not mean that religon can not be part or be involed in or with the goverment ie; the Ten Commandments that are on the surpreme court building or IN GOD WE TRUST on our money this and other examples are not part of and never have been the idea of separation of church and state.

September 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(2) Roland says:

Sad… (‘The History of Rhode Island’). Among other things, Roger Williams neither founded Rhode Island, -never even set foot on “Rhode Island” and is Not known for his views on ‘Separation of Church & State (a thoroughly misunderstood and later-day concept). Rev. Williams merely founded the First Baptist Church in Providence Plantations (slightly north of Rhode ISLAND… -an island, by definition, is: ‘a body of land surrounded by water). He may be credited with assisting those people who rejected the policies of the Massachusetts in negotiating with the local Indian tribes to purchase Aquidneck Island (native name) that the English settlers named Rhode Island.

It was Dr./Rev. John Clarke (one of the founding fathers of ‘Rhode Island’) that wrote and secured the Charter of and for ‘Rhode Island and Providence Plantations’ from King Charles II,-quote:“…that no person within the said colony, at any time hereafter shall be any wise molested [harassed], punished, disquieted, or in question, for any differences in opinion in matters of religion, and do not actually disturb the civil peace of our said colony; but that all and every person and persons may, from time to time, and at all time and times hereafter, freely and fully have and enjoy his and their own judgments and consciences, in matters of religious concernments, throughout the tract of land hereafter mentioned, they behaving themselves peaceably and quietly…”,

Funny… most of the people who live in “Providence (Plantations)’ haven’t a clue where ‘Rhode Island’ is.

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