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Rhode Island: A State for Sale
7 months ago

Rhode Island: A State for Sale

[From the editor: The most famous article ever written about Rhode Island is almost certainly the article below by the legendary muckraker Lincoln Steffens, which ran in the February 1905 …
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Traveling in the Past – Hitching Horses to History in Wickford Village
7 months ago

Traveling in the Past – Hitching Horses to History in Wickford Village

A new twist on an old idea has arrived in the small seaport village of Wickford, Rhode Island. Amid the frenzy of fast-paced, always-connected life, visitors to this quaint tourist …
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Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad
7 months ago

Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad

Railroads came to Rhode Island in 1835 with the Boston & Providence line, initially using crude horse-drawn carriages (looking like stagecoaches on rails). The line actually started operations several …
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British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776
8 months ago

British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776

By  •  Military

Just more than two hundred and forty years ago, British, Hessian and Loyalist forces landed and occupied Aquidneck Island, beginning a nearly three-year occupation with devastating consequences for Newport and …
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Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries
8 months ago

Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries

Lotteries are said to have had their beginnings in Europe. Some say it was in Renaissance Florence with the advent of the game “Lotto” and there is some evidence …
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