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Facts About Newport

Newport Without a doubt, Newport, Rhode Island is one of America's treasures. Surrounded by water, it is across Narragansett Bay from its state capitol of Providence. In fact, Newport was one of the first places in the state that was settled by European people. Whether you are planning a visit or one to know more about your hometown, there are a few uncommon facts about Newport, Rhode Island that you might have missed.

Newport was founded in 1639 by a banished Puritan. Many history books detail that Anne Hutchinson bought land from the Narragansett Indians that later became the town of Newport.
Newport, Rhode Island is located on Aquidneck Island.
The oldest architecture of Newport, Rhode Island is Post-Medieval or Jacobean.
The early economy of Newport was founded on overseas importing and exporting. Despite this, merchants were unable to support their economy and relied on goods produced in the other in English Colonies.
One of the first successful exports of Newport, Rhode Island was pig iron and other cast iron products.
Along with iron, one of the biggest imports up until the Revolutionary War to Newport was molasses. This was exported to Africa as rum.
Newport had its first lottery drawing in 1790 and it was part of a church fundraiser.
Portuguese Jews seeking religious freedom moved to Newport in the mid-1700s and were part of the success in the town's ports.
Many early Newport citizens were engaged in the whaling and fishing industries.
A byproduct of whaling, one of the first industries in Newport was "Spermaceti Works" or candle-making from the waxy head tissue of whales.
Many trading boats of early Newport history went to the Caribbean for sugar.
In the late 1700s, nearby Conanicut Island was once a small pox sanatorium.
In 1793, George Gibbs Channing stated that Newport only had six brick buildings due to the fact that humidity made them unstable for living in.
For breakfast, many people in the early 1800s ate "whitpot" (poor man's custard) and "journey cake" (Johnny cake). Whitpot was made from finely ground Indian meal, new milk, and molasses.
Early Newport citizens enjoyed ice skating and were noted for having a local custom of holding a pole to gain balance.
For centuries, the local watchman was used as a weatherman. He would shout the weather and received a cup of "ginger and cider flip" in return when nights were particularly stormy.
Boston is only 70 miles from Newport, Rhode Island.
Due to its access to deep waters through the Narragansett Bay, Newport locals are frequently participating in professional sailing like the kind found at the America's Cup Yacht Race.
With only 25,000 citizens, Newport, Rhode Island is certainly one of the smallest of Rhode Island's 10 most populated towns.
Newport is part of Providence's public transportation system and currently one of America's richest resorts.