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Old 04-21-2017, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Italian people
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I always wondered why Rhode Island is called that when it's not even an island.
Because the real name of the state is "Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations", so named after several settlements, both mainland and on islands, merged.

The Providence Plantations were settlements on the mainland, and settlements on other islands, especially Rhode Island (which is now called Aquidneck) merged to become the state we know today.

edit: Oh, and reminded by Buckeye, another thing that comes to my mind is that it is the most Italian New England state. I feel like even though it is 100% New England, there is a certain Long Island quality to the people and culture because of all the Italian and Portuguese immigrants who settled there. And Yankees fans.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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First shopping mall? I thought that was in Minnesota.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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First shopping mall? I thought that was in Minnesota.

The one in Minnesota is the first regional shopping center to be called a mall ... however, the Providence Arcade is the first enclosed shopping center in the US. It just wasn't called a "mall".
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Providence and Waterfire. Buddy Cianci, probably the most intersting and colorful mayor in US History.

Slave trading.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:42 PM
 
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Numbers do not always back up conceptions. Some not so much known information regarding the association of RI with Italians:

The percentage of people with Irish ancestry is nearly equal or greater than that of Italian (different surveys swap them as #1 and #2). Those of Irish descent are however much more assimilated having arrived some 50+ years earlier. They are also not concentrated in certain cities and towns like the Italians (mainly concentrated in and around Providence) as the Irish are more spread throughout the state.

Per the US Census, Irish is the #1 reported ethnicity in RI and the state is the 3rd most Irish in the USA behind Massachusetts and NH.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Numbers do not always back up conceptions. Some not so much known information regarding the association of RI with Italians:

The percentage of people with Irish ancestry is nearly equal or greater than that of Italian (different surveys swap them as #1 and #2). Those of Irish descent are however much more assimilated having arrived some 50+ years earlier. They are also not concentrated in certain cities and towns like the Italians (mainly concentrated in and around Providence) as the Irish are more spread throughout the state.

Per the US Census, Irish is the #1 reported ethnicity in RI and the state is the 3rd most Irish in the USA behind Massachusetts and NH.
yeah .. I think people associate Italians with RI is because at one time Providence was a huge mafia center. RI is actually pretty diverse for such a small state. Probably because of all the mills back in the day.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:59 PM
 
Location: The South
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Newport, a major slave port.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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New England coastal charm, fall colours, nautical ambience with sailboats and little harbours.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:55 PM
 
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on her gravestone it reads "I am watching and waiting for you" . . kinda sweet and kinda creepy. at the same time. lol
haha.I read on the internet that "I am watching and waiting for you" is on Nellie Vaughn's tombstone not Mercy's.
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