Newport Historical Society

Photograph courtesy of the Newport Historical Society

The Newport Historical Society has curated a new exhibit titled “Finding Native Americans in the Historical Record.”  The first European settlers on Aquidneck Island purchased the right to settle here from the native inhabitants in 1638, with Newport being founded the following year.

Despite an agreement stipulating that those first residents would vacate the island, there is evidence in the historical record that native peoples continued to actively engage — socially and economically — with the new European settlers. 

This exhibit highlights some of this evidence in the historical record, including documents and objects.

Read the full article here.

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