Plymouth Colony, Roger Williams

Roger Williams – Champion Of Religious Tolerance And The Founder Of The Plymouth Colony

Roger Williams, a Puritan Minister, proposed paying Native Americans for land as the size of the settlements increased. Roger Williams’s ideas of providing payment to natives was not well received and the government of the Massachusetts Colony ordered him to leave. Afterwards, Roger Williams founded the Plymouth Colony, which established a society of freethinkers and religious tolerance.

Roger Williams ideals are akin to founding father George Mason’s “Virginia Declaration of Rights” which advocated for free speech and religious freedom.

Recommended Reading:

Ed Guthero’s article “Freedom of Conscience” in the Liberty Magazine goes into detail how religious infighting in Europe compelled Puritans, Quakers and those of other religious faiths to immigrate to America to create communities that were more tolerant of various Christian religious faiths.

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