Following controversial religious practices and illegal economic dealings with Native Americans, on October 9, 1635, Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A Puritan minister, Williams found sanctuary in Rhode Island, where he purchased land from locals there to form the Rhode Island Colony, proclaiming religious liberty, and a strict separation between church and state. The main city, Providence, was named because of Williams' belief that God had called him to settle there, and lead his followers to freedom.
Today In History- October 9
Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident.
Religious fanatic Roger Williams banished from Massachusetts.
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