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Students in the U.S. are often taught about the Pilgrim Fathers, who came and settled in what would soon become Plymouth Colony. The narrative is that the Puritans were facing religious persecution in England, and had to come to America to practice freely. It seems quite ironic, then, that the Puritans had such a high level of religious intolerance. But Penn had the opportunity to act on his beliefs. In Pennsylvania, religious tolerance was the law. Penn welcomed settlers from all faiths to Pennsylvania. Each of the other American colonies had established an official church, but Penn did not. He sought out religious groups suffering in Europe, and invited them to his colony. Hanson added. "Historians think of it as a pioneering plea, so eloquent and at length." Rhode Island and Pennsylvania granted religious freedom after the Remonstrance. And in 1683, the Charter of Liberties, which established a colonial government in New York, guaranteed religious freedom, as did the New York Constitution in 1777.