Realizing Providence

Realizing Providence (HM269Z)

Location: Providence, RI 02903 Providence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 49.804', W 71° 24.62'

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Roger Williams said there was no amount of money that could have purchased Providence.
In 1636, Williams and the Narragansett tribal leaders, or Sachems, Cononicus and Miantonomo, negotiated for the land that became Providence. Together, they agreed that Williams could use the land and the Sachems could have any of the English trade goods they wanted from Williams. This was not a "sale" of land, but the establishment of a relationship agreement. Each party had obligations to the other.

The English settlement at Providence was different from most New England towns. Each settler's long, narrow home lot ensured that everyone had some waterfront, some slope of the hill, and some flat land at the top of the hill. The rich resources of the saltwater cove supplemented the food produced on their small farms. In Providence, there was neither a central common nor a central meetinghouse or church.

Boast not proud English of thy birth and blood
thy brother is by birth as good.
Of one blood God made him, and thee, and all
as wise, as fair, as strong, as personal

Roger Williams (1643)
HM NumberHM269Z
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees41.83006667, -71.41033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 49.804', W 71° 24.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 49' 48.24" N, 71° 24' 37.2" W
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Area Code(s)401
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 192-194 US-44, Providence RI 02903, US
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