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How Providence’s Federal Hill Got Its Name

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In 1788, Providence, R.I.’s Federal Hill officially got its name. In June of 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution - effectively putting in place a framework for a government in the newly liberated country. ...

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The New England Opium Crisis of 1805

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New England’s role in the opium trade in the early 1800s is a little-noted phenomenon. New England opium trade produced considerable wealth for America. As it was never seen as a wholesome pursuit, however, those who prospered from the opium ...

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The Oldest Bank in Each New England State

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The oldest bank in a state isn’t necessarily the first one chartered. Banks have had their difficulties over the years and many failed or were swallowed up by other banks. Bank of America, for example, started out as the Providence ...

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