Rhode Island State House Photograph by Kimberly Pacitto

Settled in 1636, Incorporated in 1832

  • Founded by Roger Williams
  • Gets its name from “God’s merciful Providence”
  • Home of H.P. Lovecraft, the early 20th-century science fiction writer
  • Providence was a refuge for religious dissenters of the 17th century, thanks to Roger Williams’ beliefs in religious freedom.
  • Before the Boston Tea Party, there was a much more aggressive attack against the British and their taxes  by the people of Providence known as the Gaspee Affair

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