The Fate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

After the English Restoration when King Charles II was restored as King of England, the restriction on the franchise of voters for religious affiliation was forbidden.  The hanging of Mary Dyer on the Boston gallows in 1660 marked the beginning of the end of the Puritan theocracy and New England independence from English rule. In 1661 King Charles II explicitly forbade Massachusetts from executing anyone for professing Quakerism. In 1684 England revoked the Massachusetts charter, sent over a royal governor to enforce English laws in 1686, and in 1689 passed a broad Toleration act.

Tomorrow, A Pic of the Weekend    Rita Bay

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