Ever heard that big things come in small packages? When the colony of Rhode Island was chartered on July 8, 1663 it was completely different from the other colonies. One difference was that the colonists had to buy their land from the Native Americans living there. Another was a religious provision that stated “to secure them in the free exercise and enjoyment of all their civil and religious rights” – which was way different than places like Massachusetts. It was one of the reasons Roger Williams, a Puritan minister and early abolitionist, founded the colony.