What religious groups lived in the Virginia Colony?

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The largest religious group to live in the Virginia Colony was the Anglicans.  The Anglican Church of England was the official religion of the colony.  Other Christian sects in the colony included Baptists, Presbyterians, and Methodists. By law, the Anglican Church was the official religion of the colony and the other sects had to follow certain rules in order to hold services.  All marriage services, by law, were to be officiated by an Anglican priests.  The Anglican priests and bishops answered to the Bishop of London.  After the Great Awakening, Presbyterians were more numerous in Virginia.  Presbyterian and other evangelicals fought for religious freedom in the Virginia Colony.

Africans and Native Americans practiced indigenous religions in the early history of the colony.  Attempts to proselytize the Native Americans were not at all successful.  Successive generations of slaves would adopt Christianity, usually in the Baptist church.

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