Roger Williams established the first settlement at Providence in 1636 with a group of followers from Massachusetts Bay Colony who sought freedom of worship. Portsmouth and Newport were founded in 1638 and 1639. In 1643, Warwick was established by Samuel Groton and subsequently a parliamentary patent was obtained uniting these four settlements. King Charles II granted the unified colony a charter in 1663, which guaranteed complete religious liberty.
1524-Explored by Giovanni da Verrazano for France
1636-Permanently settled by the English
1790-Admitted to the Union as the 13th state.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1636.
Location. 37° 13.563′ N, 76° 46.976′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road. The marker is located near the Jamestown Settlement Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.