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Providence R.I. - Capitol Hill 06 | by Daniel Mennerich
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Providence R.I. - Capitol Hill 06

Providence is the capital and the most populous city in Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States.


Located in Providence County, it is the estimated third largest city in the New England region. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains a rapidly changing demographic. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle.


The photo shows the Rhode Island State House it is the capitol of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located on the border of the Downtown and Smith Hill sections of the state capital city of Providence. The State House is a neoclassical building that houses the Rhode Island General Assembly and the offices of the governor of Rhode Island as well as the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Taken on May 21, 2011