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Image from a Narragansett Indian Powwow in August, c. 1970. This event is the oldest recorded powwow in North America. It is the most important gathering of the Narragansett Indians and evidence that the tribe never disbanded despite efforts of the…


Image of Indian Church c. 1970, Charlestown off Route 2. This church was built in 1859 to replace the original wooden church from 1750. Arson destroyed the roof and interior in 1993 and was rebuilt in 1996 to the same specifications.Rhode Island…


Image of the poster for the Rhode Island State Archives 1776: Rhode Island in the Year of Independence exhibition.

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Images of portraits of prominent Rhode Island military figures from the Revolutionary War. Portraits are of Commodore Esek Hopkins, General Nathanael Greene, and General John Sullivan.Excerpt from: Esek Hopkins Papers at the Rhode Island Historical…


Images of the Esek Hopkins House located on 97 Admiral Street on the north side of Providence, R.I. From Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:Esek Hopkins House 1756 et seq.:…


Images of the Stephen Hopkins House in its initial location on the northeast corner of Towne (now South Main) Street and Hopkins Street and in its current location on the southwest corner of Benefit and Hopkins Street. From Providence: A Citywide…


Image of the top of the Southwick first printing of the Declaration of Independence, July 18, 1776.


Images of two of the five former Rhode Island state houses that survive today. The first two images (drawings) show the Colony House also known as the Old State House located in Newport, R.I. The next two images (photographs) show the Old State House…


Image of the General Nathanael Greene statute located the Rhode Island State House in Providence, R.I.Excerpt from Encyclopædia Britannica:Nathanael Greene, (born August 7, 1742, Potowomut, Rhode Island [U.S.]—died June 19, 1786, Mulberry…


Image of the Admiral Esek Hopkins statute in Providence, R.I. Excerpt from: Esek Hopkins Papers at the Rhode Island Historical SocietyEsek Hopkins (1718-1802) was born April 26, 1718 in Chapumiscook (Scituate), RI and was one of nine children born to…


Image of the William J. Stone engraving of Declaration of Independence as ordered by the United States Department of State and through joint resolution of Congress.

Two hundred printings authorized for distribution among surviving signers,…


Cambridge, Jany. 16 1776 Sir It is exceedingly painfull to me, that I should have so often troubled you respecting this army, and that I am under the necessity of applying to you again: But you must in some measure be involved, in whatever…


Image of the Act which prevented Governor Wanton from taking oath of office and acting in capacity due to his opposition to the army of observation, May 7, 1775.


Image of the report of the Committee on purchase and placement of cannon throughout the colony, July 1, 1776.


Image of John Quincy Adams, Department of State circular accompany the Stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence, June 30, 1824.


Image of the Act requiring General Officers and General Assembly members to subscribe to the Test Act, June 16, 1776.

The Test Act required legislators to adhere and was passed into law by the General Assembly while convened at Newport on June 16,…


Image of the Act for Making the Test Act General, July 21, 1776.

The Test Act required legislators to adhere and was passed into law by the General Assembly while convened at Newport on June 16, 1776. The Act making the test/oath general occurred…


Circular Baltimore Jany. 31 1777 Gentleman As there is not a more distinguished Event in the History of America, than the Declaration of her Independence – nor any, that, in all probability will so much excite the attention of…


July 20, 1776 To the House of Magstr. Gent. Be it Enacted that for the future the State and Title of the Government in all Acts and Instruments whether of a public or private nature shall be The State of Rhode Island and…


Image of a letter from John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress to Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cook concerning the outfitting of troops by the united colonies, dated June 20, 1776.

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