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Religious Freedom in the New World

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´╗┐One of the reasons that people chose to go to the New World was to gain religious freedom. With this new found freedom they could experiment with any religion of their choice. Religious freedom was one of the most important benefits of being a member of certain colonies such as: Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, where some had truer freedom than others, seen by local government. The Massachusetts Bay colony was founded by the owners of the Massachusetts Bay Company. The majority of the population was Puritan, their government was mainly run by a small group of Puritans. Although the governors were elected the voters were limited to freemen, who had been examined for their religious views and formally admitted to their church. ...read more.


Not only did the colonists chase off natives, they also banned and exiled others who didn?t agree with their religious beliefs. Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a theologian, independent preacher, linguist and exile of the Massachusetts Bay colony, agreed with his fellow settlers on an impartial constitution providing majority rule. Following the 1660 restoration in royal rule in England, it was essential to gain a royal charter from the new king, Charles II. Charles was then a Catholic advocate in a strictly Protestant England. He approved the colony's promise of religious freedom, and granted the request with the Royal Charter of 1663. Which gave the Colony of Rhode Island an elected governor and legislature. ...read more.


Until the French and Indian War Pennsylvania had no military, few taxes and almost no public debt. It also encouraged the rapid growth of Philadelphia into one of the colonies most important cities. The ?Charter of Privileges? mandated fair dealings with natives. This led to obvious better relations with the local native tribes than most other colonies had. The Quakers had previously treated Indians with respect, bought land from them, and had even representation of Indians and Whites on juries. The Quakers also refused to provide any assistance to New England's Indian wars. Religious freedom was one of the most desired freedoms by most in the time of the colonies. Certain colonies such as: Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania,allowed some to have more freedom than others, which was dictated by the local government. ...read more.

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