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Founded by religious dissident Anne Hutchinson, who led a group of settlers to the area in 1638 after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Portsmouth is Rhode Island’s second-oldest community. The town was the site of the Battle of Rhode Island on August 29, 1778, when American troops, who included a locally recruited African American regiment, withdrew to Bristol and Tiverton, leaving
Aquidneck Island under British control. Covering a 23.3-mile area, Portsmouth has a population of more than 17,000. The town is also home to many yacht builders and boat dealers.
Midway between Newport and Providence—each a 30-minute drive—patriotic Bristol sits on a 10-square-mile peninsula between Narragansett Bay on...
Surrounded by Narragansett Bay’s East and West passages, Conanicut Island comprises the town of Jamestown. About 9 miles long and 1 mile wide...