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By the time they arrived in Newport, many of these settlers were becoming Baptists and embraced a belief that was central for the Baptists of Europe at the time – the separation of church and state.
She had been driven out of Boston for her religious beliefs which challenged the very foundations of Puritanism.
What the English settlers found on their arrival was hardly an empty wilderness.
Native people had been in the area for at least 5,000 years, and had established sophisticated land management and fishing practices.
Current evidence points to the existence of a large summer settlement in what is now downtown Newport, and the work these native people had done clearing the land was one of the factors that made this area attractive to English settlers.
Ann Hutchinson’s group settled at the northern end of the island in an area known as Pocasett.