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