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Located at the southern tip of the largest island in Narragansett Bay, Newport was established as a colony by William Coddington of Providence in 1639. Due to its excellent harbor, it developed rapidly through sea trade, whaling and smuggling a fact that led some neighbors to call the tiny state “Rogues Island.” Rhode Islanders also were in the forefront of Revolutionary passion, resenting the economic pressures placed on them from England, which severely affected their commercial power. A reputation of religious freedom encouraged Jews, Quakers and Baptists to settle in Newport to become part of the lucrative international trade until British occupation in 1776 caused a drastic decline in prosperity.

At the turn of the century, Newport regained importance as a resort for wealthy industrialists, such as the Astors, Belmonts and Vanderbilts. They built their ostentatious “summer cottages,” modeled after European palaces, which elevated Newport to the position of undisputed “Queen of Summer Resorts.” Although the Depression to a large extent put an end to this outrageously decadent lifestyle, today many of these extravagant mansions of the “Gilded Age” are run by the Newport Preservation Society and a tour of at least one of the famous mansions is a must for any visitor. In addition, Newport is also famous as a well-heeled yachting capital and site of international tennis championships. As such, it offers sophisticated boutiques and excellent restaurants that have replaced the earlier seasalt rawness of its waterfront. Walking tours offer a great introduction to Colonial Newport, which boasts a collection of 18th- and 19th-century and even pre-Revolutionary buildings that rival those of Boston.

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