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Arrival of Native Americans and European8

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Arrival of Native Americans and Europeans Under the charter's provisions, power rested with the General Court, which was made  up of "freemen" required to be members of the Puritan, or Congregational, Church. This  guaranteed that the Puritans would be the dominant political as well as religious force in  the colony.  The General Court elected the governor, who for most of the next  generation would be John Winthrop. The rigid orthodoxy of the Puritan rule was not to everyone's liking. One of the first to  challenge the General Court openly was a young clergyman named Roger Williams,  who objected to the colony's seizure of Indian lands and advocated separation of church  and state.  Another dissenter, Anne Hutchinson, challenged key doctrines of Puritan  theology.  Both they and their followers were banished.
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