What was the major source of income for colonial Rhode Island?
Farming and fishing, as well as lumber were major sources of income.
Colonial Rhode Island was predominately Quaker, Presbyterian, Puritan, and Catholic. Since, its neighboring state, Massachusetts, was predominately Puritan, and very strict (Fundamentalistic). Therefore, many who settled Rhode Island were outcasts from other Christian denominations originally based in Massachesetts, and thus the disparate religious population of Rhode Island during the Colonial Period.