Rhode Trip

Providence is for rebels. the capital of the U.S. state of Rhode Island was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a stubborn Baptist banished from Massachusetts for criticizing that colony's government. He saw his exile not as punishment, but as a sign of God's "many providences." Dissenters would always be welcome herethe city, he said, would be a "lively experiment."

It worked. The motto on the city seal is no obscure Latin phrase, but the salutation used by the local Indians to greet Williams: "What cheer?" Visitors to Providence, an hour's drive southwest of Boston, will find many...

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