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By the early 1600s, Franciscan friars report that hundreds of Pueblos are converting to Catholicism, but they notice that many of the "converted" Pueblos continue to practice their own religion.

They ban Native ceremonies, burn religious icons, destroy sacred places and demand the colony's soldiers enforce the one true faith.

Hutchinson's righteous insistence gets her in trouble with the religious and political authorities, including Governor John Winthrop.

Charged with sedition, she is tried, banished and excommunicated.

Virginia law restricts where non-Anglicans can preach.

As the Baptist faith gains popularity, Virginia authorities begin to crack down.

Williams had quarreled with Puritan authorities over their theology, their decision to remain within the Church of England and their failure to pay Native Americans for their land.

He receives an immense tract of land west of the Delaware River from King Charles II (in repayment for a debt owed Penn's father) and establishes the "holy experiment" of Pennsylvania.

The colony's founding documents include provisions for religious toleration, freedom of the press and statements of equality that include women, but not slaves.

Other religions, termed "dissenting religions," do not have freedom of worship.

By the time of the Revolutionary War, nine colonies have established state religions.

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