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May 4, 1776: Rhode Island Independence Day

Rhode Island independence was declared two months before the other 12 colonies got around to formally breaking ties with King George III. On May 4, 1776, the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island declared its absolute independence from ...

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Flashback Photo: Sam Slater Mill, 1870

The Slater Mill in Pawtucket, R.I., is now a National Historic Landmark, but in 1870 it was still in operation. Sam Slater and his backers opened the mill for business in 1793 to manufacture cotton yarn by waterpower. Slater was ...

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