Providence, Rhode Island


Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States.

Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

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It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was an English settlement on the east coast of America in the 17th century around the Massachusetts Bay, the northernmost of the several colonies later reorganized as the Province of Massachusetts Bay.

Roger Williams was a Puritan minister, theologian, and author who founded Providence Plantations, which became the Colony of Rhode Island.



He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers.


The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Narragansett Bay is a bay and estuary on the north side of Rhode Island Sound covering 147 mi2, 120.5 mi2 of which is in Rhode Island.


Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries.


Today, the city of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning which have shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity.


The city is the third most populous city in New England after Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts.

New England is a geographical region which comprises six states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Worcester is a city in Worcestershire, England, 31 miles southwest of Birmingham and 27 miles north of Gloucester.

Worcester is a city in, and the county seat of, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States.

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