Colonial America by David Robson

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It would take a revolution to restore religious tolerance to a place founded on providing that very thing. 37 Quakers Seek Refuge Catholics in Maryland remained at odds with their Protestant counterparts. Yet religious intolerance also extended to another Christian sect that many in England considered particularly odd and heretical. These were the Quakers, so named because they bid others to tremble at the word of God. The basic tenets of Quakerism were developed and promoted by George Fox, an English preacher who said he wanted to simplify Christian worship.

Incensed that their march westward to trade and profit was being stifled, the British planned to strike back. Great Britain’s position in the matter was summed up by the Duke of Newcastle, one of King George’s closest advisors. “The French claim almost all North America except a line to the sea,” he said, “to which they confine all our colonies, and from whence they may drive us whenever they please. ”33 The battle for Ohio and the territory beyond had only just begun. It would take another war to settle the matter.

Further complicating the lives of the colonists was the Georgia trustees’ prohibition on slavery in 1735. This conflict between the colony’s leaders and its settlers only deepened, as South Carolinians began moving to Georgia and demanding the freedom to purchase and profit from large plantations that would depend on African slave labor. Although these demands were criticized by Scottish settlers to the colony, by 1750 the trustees felt they had no choice but to allow slavery. They also passed a law taxing slave owners.

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