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American National Biography
While not embroiled in the flames of religious and political contention, Williams spent his time raising livestock and trading with the Indians. He set up a trading post near Narragansett Bay and made the business into a prosperous concern; according to his own report, one year he earned £100, considerably more than he could have made as a vicar in England. Often he retreated to the solitude of his post, where he could avoid the din of controversy, cultivate his friendship with the Indians, and write windy letters to friend and foe alike.
Roger WilliamsEdwin S. Gaustad
The founder of Rhode Island and of the first Baptist Church in America, an original and passionate advocate for religious freedom, a rare New England colonist who befriended Native Americans and took seriously their culture and their legal rights, Roger Williams is the forgotten giant among the first English colonists. Now, Edwin S. Gaustad, a leading expert on the life of Roger Williams, offers a vividly written and authoritative biography of the most far-seeing of the early settlers--the first such biography written for a general audience.