Warren (Rhode Island)

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06:01 21 Aug 2018

42.47624 N, -83.02632 W

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Warren is a port town located in Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States. The town covers a total area of approx 22,4 km2 (8,7 ml2) and has a population of around 10,600 people (2010 census).

  • Warren lies on the east bank of Warren River, opposite Barrington, Rhode Island. It was the site of Indian village of Sowams situated on the peninsula named Pokanoket (the near parts today are called Mount Hope Neck). Warren was first explored in 1621 by Europeans Stephen Hopkins and Edward Winslow. 
  • Permanent English settlement started east of the Indian village. In 1675 the settlement at Sowams was destroyed during Philip's War but was rebuilt. The township was officially incorporated as Sowams in 1668. In 1691, Plymouth Colony merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Warren was ceded from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 1747. The settlement was named "Warren" to honour British naval hero Admiral Sir Peter Warren (1703-1752) after a victory at Louisburg (1745).
  • In the middle of the 18th century, the town was a popular whaling port. Shipbuilding became a major industry. The Revolutionary War affected the commercial prosperity of Warren, and in 1778 the town suffered British raidsalong with the rest of region.
  • Warren was Brown University's original home. The University was established as College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1764. The first students were registered in 1765. Brown University was the Baptist answer to Presbyterian Princeton, Episcopalian Penn and Columbia, Congregationalist Yale and Harvard. At the time, it was the only school to welcome students of all religious persuasions (Roger Williams, 1603-1683, founded Rhode Island on the same principle in 1636).
  • Commerce revived after the Revolution and, until the mid-19th century, the port of Warren was famous for the fine ships launched from its yards. The vessels were largely commanded and operated by Warren crews, and engaged in merchant service, West India trade and whaling. 
  • With the decline of whaling industry and related commerce toward the mid-19th century, the attention of the business turned to textile manufacturing. The first cotton mill in Warren was erected in 1847 by Warren Manufacturing Company. Further factories and mills developed after the Civil War and attracted an immigrant work force.
  • Presently Warren is home to a number of waterfront businesses, including Anchorage Inc. (Dyer Boats), Blount Marine and Blount Seafood.

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