Roger Williams Timeline

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  • 1603 - 1683
    Life of Roger Williams, Puritan Separatist reformer and founder of Providence, Rhode Island.
  • 1631
    Roger Williams arrives in Boston, Massachusetts, and almost instantly comes in conflict with authority there.
  • 1631
    Roger Williams and his wife Mary move to Plymouth Colony where he becomes the settlement's preacher.
  • 1633
    Roger Williams leaves Plymouth Colony due to differences in theology and practice.
  • 1634 - 1636
    Roger Williams in conflict with magistrates of Massachusetts Bay Colony; banished in 1636 CE.
  • 1636
    Roger Williams establishes the colony of Providence Plantation (later known as Providence, Rhode Island).
  • 1643
    Roger Williams writes his 'A Key into the Language of America'; first book on Native American language and customs.
  • 1644
    Roger Williams writes his famous book 'The Bloody Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience', arguing for separation of church and state.
  • 1655
    Roger Williams writes his 'Letter to the Town of Providence', encouraging liberal theology and the separation of church and state.
  • 1683
    Roger Williams dies of natural causes at Providence, Rhode Island; is buried on his property.