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Prehistory: First Inhabitants
Rhode Island Symbols
American Folk Art, Bird, Drink, Fish, Flag, Flagship & Tall Ship, Flower, Fruit, March, Mineral, Motto, Nicknames, Rock, Seal, Shell, Song, Tartan, Tree, Yacht
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Rhode Island Early History
First Early Inhabitants of Rhode Island
Early history examines the archaeological record that tells the story of the first inhabitants of Rhode Island. Learn about the prehistory and culture of the first early inhabitants, and what lessons it might teach us about the early history of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island First Early Inhabitants Timeline
Early History of Native Americans in Rhode Island
The Indigenous People of Rhode Island
Native people occupied Rhode Island for thousands of years before explorers and settlers from Europe came to North America. The Narragansett tribe was the largest and occupied the greatest area of land. The Narragansett were part of loosely organized confederation of tribes called the Algonquin, with settlements up and down the East coast of North America. Other groups of Algonquin, some allied with the Narragansett, and some enemies, also lived in the area that would become Rhode Island.
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