Founded in 1639 // The Quakers // Newport Mansions // Newport Bridge // Newport Historic District // 25,000 people...
Newport, Rhode Island is located 23 miles south of the state’s capital Providence and sits on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay.
It was founded back in 1639 and became an important and rich port in the 18th century when Portuguese Jews moved to the city.
The 17th century saw the Quakers settle in the city and to this day they presence is felt in the naming of the streets in the area of ‘The Point’ after trees, something you will also find in Philadelphia, another city rich in history. Newport also has a history of pirate activity and was the centre for the New England slave trade.
Newport is quite unique in so far as it has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in America that are extremely well preserved and popular tourist attraction as is their summer Jazz Festival.
Climate The average summer temperatures are around 78°F (21°C) from June through to September with it getting up to the low 80s in July and August. The winters can be cold, bearing in mind Newport in New England, with temperatures getting down to around -5°C in January and February.
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