Colonial America by David Robson

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They also passed a law taxing slave owners. But in 1752 the trustees transferred their stewardship to the English Crown, and Georgia became a royal colony. By then the colony had 4,500 white settlers and 1,500 African slaves. The modest farming community quickly grew into an economic powerhouse filled with rice plantations, much like its neighbor to the north, South Carolina. 62 Captured Africans, destined for a life of slavery in the colonies, were packed into slave ships as cargo (as can be seen in this hand-colored woodcut).

In the weeks and months that followed, Markham and other authorities established a city at the fertile intersection of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers: Philadelphia. Upon his arrival in late 1682, Penn discovered that the settlement had already grown to include more than 4,000 people. Despite Penn’s pledge of mutual respect, the growing communities soon devolved into animosity and tension as colonists’ varied interests saw them fighting over land and other resources. Penn’s establishment of Pennsylvania and Delaware under Quaker leadership provided one more example of colonists seeking the right to worship God as they saw fit.

Despite her passionate defense, Anne was banished from the colony and excommunicated from the church. Upon leaving the colony in 1638, the Hutchinsons moved to Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. After the death of her husband in 1642, Anne moved to New York, where she was killed in an Indian attack in 1643. Quoted in Adrian Chastain Weimer, Martyrs’ Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, p. 67. ”16 Before long, concern over the controversy turned to disdain, as Puritan leaders took legal action against Williams and his beliefs, which they deemed heretical, or against the church.

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