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Colonial America (1492-1776)
Roger Williams: Founder of Providence, Rhode Island

Colonial America (1492-1776)
Colonial America (1492-1776)

Roger Williams: Founder of Providence, Rhode Island
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.62

     challenging words:    unseparated, legacy, civil, chaplain, acceptance, best-known, radical, versus, authority, refuge, odds, settlement, dealing, tolerance, financial, abuse
     content words:    Roger Williams, Franklin Simmons, American Pilgrims, Cambridge University, New England, First Amendment, United States Constitution, Narragansett Bay, Narragansett Chiefs, Rhode Island

Roger Williams: Founder of Providence, Rhode Island
By Joyce Furstenau

1     Caption: Roger Williams statue by Franklin Simmons
2     The American Pilgrims' story began in the early 1600's. A group of dissenters wanted to separate from the Church of England. They were persecuted in England, so in 1607, they moved to Holland. The English called them "Separatists." The Separatists found other supporters. They finally got the financial backing to sail to America in 1620. The first of four ships to sail was the Mayflower. It landed at Plymouth after a sixty-six day journey.
3     Roger Williams was born in England in 1603. He became a Puritan at the age of twelve. After graduating from Cambridge University, he became a chaplain. He married not long after becoming chaplain. After serving as chaplain for a while, Williams decided he could no longer follow the rigid laws and regulations of the Church of England. He joined with the Separatists. He felt he would find religious freedom in New England.

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