Century - 1600s

What was Rhode Island's government in the 1600's?

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December 08, 2011 2:12PM

King Charles II Issued a royal charter in 1663 that allowed the

colonists of Rhode Island a large measure of self-government. Their

governor and many other officials were elected by the colonists and

no longer appointed by the king. The charter guaranteed "full

liberty in religious concernments" to the colony. Members of

religious sects such as Jews and Quakers, who were persecuted in

other colonies, were able to enjoy complete freedom of worship in

Rhode Island.


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