The Story of Our Country

The Story of Our Country

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...bade his wife and children good-by and fled to the wilderness. It Roger Williams received by the Indians was midwinter when he started out; the ground was covered with a deep snow. He had only a little pocket compass to guide him through the trackless forest. At first fearing that the officers of the General Court would be after him, he hid in the daytime, and traveled at night. For fourteen weeks he wandered on and on, often with nothing to eat but acorns that he found underneath the snow; and nowhere to sleep but on the branches of trees that he had cut down, or in a hollow oak. "I will go to my old friend Massasoit," he said, "and find protection among the Indians." At last he reached Mount Hope, the village of the Wampanoags. The old chief was glad to see him, for he loved Roger Williams. He remained with the Indians until spring. Then several followers from the Massachusetts colony joined him. They then journeyed to the shore of Narragansett Bay where they bought a piece of land from Canonicus, and decided upon a place for settlement. Later came Roger Williams's wife and children. "We shall call our settlement Providence," he said, "for the Lord has provided for us. We will give religious freedom to all persons." This was the beginning, in 1636, of the little colony of Rhode Island. Others who had been ill-treated in Massachusetts came to Providence. Among them was Mrs. Anne Hutchinson, who was banished from the Puritan colony because she persisted in preaching, and the Puritans believed that women should not be heard in public. The Quakers, too, sought refuge in Roger Williams's colony. They believed in the complete separation of church and state. "Conscience," they said, " more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867459
  • 9781236867452