Roger Williams Banished From Massachusetts - October 9, 1635
This week marks the anniversary of when religious dissenter Roger Williams was banished from the Puritans' Massachusetts colony over his views on church-and-state separation and the treatment of Native Americans.
Following his banishment, the Narragansett tribe helped Williams establish a new settlement that later became the state of Rhode Island. It became a hub for religious minorities and dissidents.
"Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson–like Williams, she had been exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons–some of the first Jews to settle in North America, and the Quakers," noted History.com.
"In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native-American languages."