East Providence, Rhode Island

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East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 48,688 at the 2000 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

It is a suburb of Providence.

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Geography

East Providence is located at 41°48′5″N 71°21′39″W / 41.80139°N 71.36083°W / 41.80139; -71.36083 (41.801500, -71.360824)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43.0 km²), of which, 13.4 square miles (34.7 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²) of it (19.33%) is water.

The following villages are located in East Providence:

The Mayor is Joseph S. Larisa Jr, The City Manager is currently Richard Brown. The city is home to the Rhode Island Stingrays soccer club.

History

In 1641, the Plymouth Colony purchased from the Indians a large tract of land which today includes the northern half of East Providence (from Watchemoket to Rumford), Rehoboth, Seekonk, and part of Pawtucket. Four years later, John Brown of Plymouth bought a considerably smaller piece of land from the Indians, which today comprises the southern part of East Providence (Riverside), Barrington, and a small part of Swansea. Finally, in 1661, Plymouth completed the "North Purchase" from which Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Cumberland were later formed. Over the whole the authorities gave the name 'Rehoboth'. The center of this large settlement, which is sometimes referred to as 'Old Rehoboth', is within the borders of modern East Providence. In 1812, the western half of Old Rehoboth was set off as a separate township called Seekonk, Massachusetts. Old Rehoboth's town center now became the heart of Old Seekonk. Finally, in 1862, the western part of Old Seekonk was ceded to Rhode Island and incorporated as East Providence.

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