Providence, RI

Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams as a haven providing for religious freedom. He moved down to the Providence River area and negotiated the purchase of the land from the Narragansett Indians and chief Canonicus after his exile from the Massachusetts Bay colony. He established a small community in the land and named it Providence because he felt God’s Providence had provided the land. You will notice also that he named other islands in the Bay after virtues including Prudence Island, Patience Island, and Hope Island. Today only Prudence Island is occupied, although Hope Island had small a farm settlement in the 18th century. Providence was outpaced quickly by Newport, which became a striving port city and center of the Triangular trade (slaves, rum, and molasses). However after Newport was occupied by the British during the revolution Providence gained fervor, and has remained the largest and most populist city in Rhode Island to this day.

Providence today has experienced much revitalization, although this recent recession has hit the city rather hard. Waterfire has become a hallmark of the city since it was established in 1994. The city also has a recently renovated convention center known as the Dunkin Dounts Center or the Dunk for short. The city is always unfortunately well known for corruption, many would even claim that the corruption contributed to the city becoming a “Renaissance City”. In fact the former mayor of Providence Buddy” Cianci, Jr., (who was convicted and sentenced in 2002 for being at center of the cities corruption) is working in the media with a radio and television show.

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