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This Day in Boston History

May 27th, 1668

Baptists Exiled from Massachusetts

On this day Baptists Thomas Gold, William Turner, and John Farnum were exiled from Puritan Massachusetts because of their religion. It was the Puritan goal to create a theocracy in Massachusetts, which would demonstrate that this belief was favored by God. A homogeneous community of belief was a prerequisite for this holy experiment.

Massachusetts was the last state in America to have a state-sponsored religion. In its name, Quakers were exiled and killed, witch trials were sponsored, and Catholic clergy were banned from the colony under penalty of death. Today Massachusetts has one of the strongest sets of laws preventing the state from aiding religion.

 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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