Roger Williams (Civ4Col)

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Roger Williams
Roger Williams (Civ4Col)
Type Religious
Political Points:
468 Pilgrim
702 Pioneer
780 Explorer
858 Conquistador
894 Governor
936 Patriot
972 Revolutionary
Religion Points:
546 Pilgrim
819 Pioneer
910 Explorer
1001 Conquistador
1043 Governor
1092 Patriot
1134 Revolutionary

+25% conversion rate from Missions, strengthens relations with the natives.

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Lived: 1603-1683

Roger Williams was the founder of the city of Providence and the colony that later encompassed it, Rhode Island. While an ardent Christian, Williams was not a man of orthodoxy, and traveled to the Massachusetts colony to escape the oppressive air of England. Williams, though, soon found the piety of the Puritans as much to his disliking as that of the Anglicans in England. Setting off southwards to find his destiny, Williams founded Providence, prescribing for the young colony two revolutionary changes - that there should be complete freedom of worship and a clear separation between church and state. This sense of tolerance was to apply not just to European Rhode Islanders but also to the local Native American population, who Williams, considered one of the foremost negotiators of his time thanks to his patience and linguistic mind, treated with an unprecedented level of equanimity.