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Narragansett Bay

(Encyclopedia) Narragansett Bay, arm of the Atlantic Ocean, 30 mi (48 km) long and from 3 to 12 mi (4.8–19 km) wide, deeply indenting the state of Rhode Island. Its many inlets provided…

Quonset Point

(Encyclopedia) Quonset Point kwŏn´sĭt [key], peninsula extending into Narragansett Bay, S R.I., in the town of North Kingstown. In World War II the peninsula became the site of a naval…

Rhode Island

(Encyclopedia) Rhode Island, island, 15 mi (24 km) long and 5 mi (8 km) wide, S R.I., at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It is the largest island in the state, with steep cliffs and…

Rhode Island, University of

(Encyclopedia) Rhode Island, University of, at Kingston; coeducational; land-grant and state-supported; chartered 1888, opened as a school 1890, as an agricultural and mechanical…

Blackstone

(Encyclopedia) Blackstone, river, c.50 mi (80 km) long, rising near Worcester, Mass., and flowing SE to Narragansett Bay at Providence, R.I. The river's clean water was a major…

Gosnold, Bartholomew

(Encyclopedia) Gosnold, Bartholomew gŏz´nōld [key], fl. 1572–1607, English explorer and colonizer. In 1602 he commanded the Concord on a voyage of exploration. He navigated the…

Whipple, Abraham

(Encyclopedia) Whipple, Abraham, 1733–1819, American Revolutionary naval officer, b. Providence, R.I. In 1759–60, as captain of the privateer Game Cock in the French and…

North Kingstown

(Encyclopedia) North Kingstown kĭng´stən, kĭngz´toun˝ [key], town (1990 pop. 23,786), Washington co., S central R.I., on Narragansett Bay; inc. 1674 as Kings Towne, divided 1723 into…

Block, Adriaen

(Encyclopedia) Block, Adriaen, fl. 1610–24, Dutch navigator. Eager to establish a fur trade with the Native Americans, Amsterdam merchants sent (1613) Block and another Dutch navigator…

New England Confederation

(Encyclopedia) New England Confederation, union for mutual safety and welfare formed in 1643 by representatives of the colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and…