Today In History- October 9

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.

  • Salem, Massachusetts

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.

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