Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fact of the Day: Providence

The capital of Rhode Island, Providence was named by theologian Roger Williams for "God's Divine Providence" in 1636. Williams was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his political and religious views and was thankful to find his "providence" in what is now Rhode Island. Unlike the Puritans from Massachusetts, he was one of the strongest advocates for religious freedom and the separation of church and state.  

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another interesting fact. I like knowing where place names originate.

Joy said...

Some history today;)

Cloudia said...

Roots of America


Aloha

Tony Van Helsing said...

Shouldn't they have named it Williams instead.

MEcoy said...

well that makes him a wise man

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Thanks for sharing!

Emmylou said...

I do love reading all these facts you post, Adam:) Happy Sunday to you and Daisy.

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely trivia and a very interesting man. Thanks Adam! We lived in Newport, R.I. for almost two years many years ago. It's nice to find out something about its capital.

Christine said...

Interesting!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

A wise man who was ahead of his time.

Aunt Mary said...

O. k got it , it's really interesting :)

Unknown said...

Muy interesante!!
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Pat Hatt said...

Wise and right

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Smart man

Julie Ann Lozada said...

nice facts... i learned something new! :)

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Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

Sounds like a pretty cool guy. Didn't know this.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think I would have really liked this man!