Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, founded in 1636.

It was first settled in June 1636 by prominent Baptist Roger Williams and other religious exiles. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies of the United States.

During King Philip's War between Wampanoag leader Metacomet and the English Colonists, the town of Providence was destroyed by a Native American coalition on March 29, 1676. Providence was one of two major English settlements burned to the ground. After the town was rebuilt, the economy expanded into more industrial and commercial activity.

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