By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
Timeline Story

Founder, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Founder, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Story Reference Date: 07/01/1663

In July 1663, King Charles II granted a Royal Charter to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations uniting Providence, Warwick, Newport and Portsmouth. It became the State of Rhode Island after the Revolutionary War. John Clarke, who stayed behind after Roger returned in 1654, worked hard and deserves much of the credit.

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