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Local historian writing about Native American and Colonial history in Rhode Island and New England

An Attleboro Mililtiaman in Warwick Neck. by Robert A. Geake


The past six months or so have largely been spent in transcribing the journals of Noah Robinson, a young man of Attleboro who initially listed in Capt. Caleb Richardson’s company of Keye’s Regiment, and would go on to serve in … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events: New Dates


New dates for presentations on the book are as follows: On October 16th, I will be presenting a talk on the book at the Varnum Continentals Annual Meeting. Lorén and I will also be discussing the book at the South … Continue reading

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“From Slaves To Soldiers” coming November 11th


My new book “From Slaves to Soldiers will be published by Westholme Publishing on November 11, 2016 and will be available at fine bookstores around the country. Upcoming events for the book include November 11, 2016 1:00 pm: Book Launch … Continue reading

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Natural Sites of Rhode Island’s Historical Memory


Natural Sites of Rhode Island’s Historical Memory by Robert A. Geake     Amid the still rugged landscape of Rhode Island and its surrounding New England states are many sites of historical memory. Some are linked to events dating back … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Ninigret: An Icon, An Enigma, and an Unfulfilled Legacy by Robert A. Geake


Several years ago, during the celebration of Providence’s 375th year, the tercentenary celebration, Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum sponsored lectures that included a talk by Paul Robinson and Doug Harris on the federally sanctioned investigation of the lands at Nipsachuk, the site of … Continue reading

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The Narragansett at Cocumscussoc.


The Narragansett at Cocumscussoc by Robert A. Geake   On the shore of a small cove, just north of Wickford, Rhode Island, rests Smith’s Castle, the great house that sits on the site of the first trading post on Narragansett Bay. The … Continue reading

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Errant in the Wilderness


      Readers of this history will likely be familiar with the famous 19th century painting by George Henry Boughton, which depicts a group of Pilgrims in a procession to the meeting house. The procession is led by two men with … Continue reading

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