The Southern Colonies

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What was the predominant religion in the Southern colonies?

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The Southern Colonies included Maryland, Virginia, Carolina, and Georgia. In 1712, Carolina split into North and South, creating five Southern Colonies. Throughout these colonies, there was a mix of religions, but it was primarily Anglican and Baptist. During this time, there was no separation of church state. Laws within the individual colonies required the people to attend a specific church, and the taxes they paid supported that church. In Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas, The Church of England was the law. Since there were various religions in the colonies despite the laws, issues did arise. In the Virginia Colonies, animosity between the Anglicans and Baptists led to arrests and physical attacks. This violence led to the idea of separation of church of state.

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