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ID: 7013952
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Providence (inhabited place)  Providence (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 41 49 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 41.8167  decimal degrees
Long: 071 24 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -71.4000  decimal degrees

Note: Located at head of Narragansett Bay on Providence river; purchased by Roger Williams from Amerindians in 1636; grew as trade center for slaves, molasses and rum 1680s; destroyed British tea and housed troops in Revolutionary War; damaged in hurricane of 1938.

Names:
Providence (preferred,C,V)  ............ named by founder R Williams for "God's merciful Providence," after banishment from Plymouth for unorthodox religious views

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Rhode Island (state)  ............  Rhode Island (state) (P)
Hierarchy of Providence (county)  ................  Providence (county) (P)
Hierarchy of Providence (inhabited place)  ....................  Providence (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  Narraganset Indians lived in the area prior to European-American settlement in 1636
city (C)  ............  incorporated 1831
state capital (C)
county seat (C)
seaport (C)
trade center (C)  ............  distribution point for oil, coal, gas, cement & lumber
industrial center (C)  ............  produces machinery & machine tools, textiles, rubber goods & jewelry
university center (C)  ............  for Brown University since 1770, also has several other educational institutions including Rhode Island School of Design
political center (H)  ............  noted as site of Rhode Island Independence Act in May, 1776, months before nation's Declaration of Independence from Britain

Sources and Contributors:
Providence..........  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 9:750-751
.......................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS44001481
.......................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IX, 750-751; 9:750-751
..................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS44001481
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1985)

 

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