Providence: City on a Fill

Water was the lifeline for every settlement in early America. However, as villages grew into towns and then cities, some found themselves squeezed into a space that led them to expand by pushing back the sea through a process that archaeologists call “landmaking.” In...

Between Land and Sea

A 1777 map of Narragansett bay described the area as home to “one of the finest Harbours in the World … fish of all kinds … in the greatest plenty and perfection. Horses are boney and strong, the Meat Cattle and sheep are much the largest in America, (and) the butter...

Beach Birds

One of the rarest breeding birds in the Northeast finds the beaches of Rhode Island particularly appealing in summer—not for swimming and sunbathing, of course, but for nesting and feeding. Piping plovers, sparrow-sized pale shorebirds classified as threatened on the...