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Founded by Roger Williams in 1636 to escape the religious zeal of Massachusetts puritans, Rhode Island has prided itself on its independence ever since. Its early farms' wool and daughters fueled the first wave of the industrial revolution, born at Slaters Mill in Pawtucket and continued in the once-bustling mills of Woonsocket. The 400 miles of coastline that once ensured easy shipping are today most famed for beaches, leisure boating, and fishing. Ports like Point Judith ensure plenty of fresh seafood statewide.

Providence is home to several universities and a lively arts and dining scene. Forests, farmland, and natural ...

Founded by Roger Williams in 1636 to escape the religious zeal of Massachusetts puritans, Rhode Island has prided itself on its independence ever since. Its early farms' wool and daughters fueled the first wave of the industrial revolution, born at Slaters Mill in Pawtucket and continued in the once-bustling mills of Woonsocket. The 400 miles of coastline that once ensured easy shipping are today most famed for beaches, leisure boating, and fishing. Ports like Point Judith ensure plenty of fresh seafood statewide.

Providence is home to several universities and a lively arts and dining scene. Forests, farmland, and natural wonders are a short drive away to the west, and South County's easy charm and farm stands set it apart from the bustling north. Newport's nautical magnetism attracts boating enthusiasts of all kinds, and others are drawn to the mansion museums of Belleview Avenue. Nearby, quiet East Bay towns offer scenic rambles, good antiquing, and good food. In short, there's lots to do in America's smallest state.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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