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The Narragansett Pacer: Where and How It Evolved, Flourished, and Died Out
2 years ago

The Narragansett Pacer: Where and How It Evolved, Flourished, and Died Out

One of the founding breeds of the Standardbred, the Narragansett Pacer has been extinct since the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Yet the Pacer was ubiquitous in colonial North …
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Verrazzano Visits the Narragansett Indians in 1524
2 years ago

Verrazzano Visits the Narragansett Indians in 1524

The earliest written descriptions of Indians in North America were by Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian mariner commissioned by the King of France in 1523 to discover whether Asia could …
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How Curious! A Coal Mine in Cranston
2 years ago

How Curious! A Coal Mine in Cranston

I wonder if the strollers and shoppers at Garden City Center are aware that beneath those trendy shops and eateries there was once an active coal mine. Granted, the coal …
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Pettaquamscutt Rock Commemorated, May 11, 1958
2 years ago

Pettaquamscutt Rock Commemorated, May 11, 1958

[Note from the Editor: The following piece, celebrating Pettaquamscutt Rock in South Kingstown, was penned in 1958 by William D. Metz, who starting in 1945 and until his retirement in …
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