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