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Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

A Thoroughfare Town

 
 
A Thoroughfare Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 8, 2012
1. A Thoroughfare Town Marker
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.

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. Touch 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. Witness to History (here, next to this marker); The Century to Statehood (a few steps from this marker); Snow Town Riot 1831 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gabriel Bernon

A Thoroughfare Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 8, 2012
2. A Thoroughfare Town Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Wellspring of Providence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Original Water Supply (about 300 feet away); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (about 300 feet away); The Site of Hardscrabble Riot 1824 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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