Inscription. This intersection was the earliest center of colonial Providence. A grist mill stood just north, at the falls of Moshassuck River, and a tannery and taverns were nearby across the street. In 1676 the natives of many tribes united against the New England colonies in King Philip's War. Alone, unarmed, and over 70 years old, Roger Williams walked out on a point of land in the river here, and pleaded unsuccessfully with the warriors to spare his town from burning.
By Bryan Simmons, June 8, 2012
|1. A Thoroughfare Town Marker|
Williams was fluent in the Narragansett language and often acted as mediator between colonists and natives. His Key Into the Language of America was a collection of phrases, poems and cultural observations on native life.
Location. 41° 49.885′ N, 71° 24.643′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Providence RI 02903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Snow Town Riot 1831 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gabriel Bernon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Water Supply (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (about 300 feet away); The Site of Hardscrabble Riot 1824 (about 400 feet away); A Howling Wilderness (about 400 feet away); A Changing Nation (about 700 feet away); Gone From Hence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Providence.