A fascinating history of the landmarks and architecture that serve as the remnants of Rhode Island's colonial past.
Roger Williams purchased the fertile Aquidneck Island from the Narragansett tribe in 1637. The intrepid dissenters of Rhode Island Colony saw their community flourish with the founding of Portsmouth and Newport townships. It was here that Anne Hutchinson, along with William Coddington and other colonists who had been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, found shelter from persecution. The Battle of Rhode Island was the only clash between American colonials and the British on Rhode Island soil during the Revolutionary War. From the mercantile success of the Atlantic triangle trade routes to the establishment of the United States Navy, noted historian Richard V. Simpson brings these and other stories from the Ocean State to life. Join Simpson as he explores the landmarks and architecture of the period to discover the remnants of Rhode Island's colonial past.
About the Author
Richard V. Simpson is a native Rhode Islander who has always lived within walking distance of Narragansett Bay. He has published nearly twenty books on a wide range of topics, including local history and sailing.
Table of Contents
1 Founding a Colony 13
2 The Rogues of Rhode Island 25
3 Captain Sir James Wallace, RN, and the HMS Rose 35
4 The Siege of Newport 41
5 General George Washington's Visit 53
6 Rhode Island and the Sea 61
7 Continental and Federal Navy 73
8 Historic Landmarks 95
9 The Newport Poorhouse 113
10 Architectural Resources 117
11 A Gallery of Palatial Cottages 133
12 Lifesaving and Lighthouses 141
13 A Nineteenth-Century Newport Timeline 151
About the Author 173