Rhode Island, The Ocean State

Rhode Island, The Ocean State

Did you know …   Roger Williams bought land from the Narragansett Indians in 1636. He established the first permanent white settlement in the area now known as Providence, Rhode Island. He had left the colony of Massachusetts. He started a settlement with religious freedom. Wanted religious freedom Roger had left the colony of Massachusetts. He started a settlement with religious freedom. He treated the Native Americans with respect and learned their language. By 1642, three more settlements had been started by other groups: Portsmouth, Newport, and Pawtuxet, which was renamed Warwick. Rhode Island and slavery Newport became a major slave trading center, but Rhode Island passed a law that children born to slave mothers would be free in 1784. By 1808, nearly all...

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