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

Bound by Chains of Iron, Chains of Paper: The Enslavement and Involuntary Servitude of Rhode Island’s Indigenous People by Robert A. Geake


    The story of slavery in Rhode Island has the same roots as the story of slavery in every corner of the globe where the British Empire set out to occupy and settle plantations that would drain the resources … Continue reading

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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


Spring is finally here and I will be out and about for a few events and talks: May 19 & 20th: I will be at the Nathanial Greene Homestead premiering my latest book: “Fired A Gun at the Rising of … 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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