In general the New England colonies were strongly Puritan and valued the education of children. Although Rhode Island practiced religious tolerance, they were no different in this regard. Children learned to read using t... More »

Life in colonial Rhode Island involved working in manufacturing, ship building and the brewing and exportation of rum. A network of factors, such as class, wealth and religion, dictated one's day-to-day activities. More »

Social life in colonial Rhode Island was as complicated and diverse as social life today. One's social mobility and freedom was dictated by class and wealth, as well as religion. More »

Rhode Island was founded in 1636 and was granted statehood on May 29, 1790. Its founder, Roger Williams, had been previously banished from Massachusetts because of his views on the separation of church and state. More »

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When the British began sending settlers to the New World, the New England colonies were governed by one of two types of contracts: royal and charter. The two types of government differed mainly in whether the higher offi... More »

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The social and political structure of the New England colonies was shaped primarily by the harsh geography and the strict Puritan religion of the first English colonists who settled there. Despite seeming handicaps, this... More »

The Glorious Revolution affected the colonies by resulting in the dissolution of the Dominion of New England and caused a rebellion against the Catholic leaders of Maryland. Furthermore, the new regime in England began t... More »