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Providence, jointly with Newport the capital of Rhode Island, United States of America, stands on both banks of Providence river, at the head of Narragansett Bay, 43 miles S.W. of Boston. Founded by Roger Williams in 1638, it flourished first as a centre of foreign trade, but is now dependent chiefly on manufacturing industries, such as cotton- and wool-spinning, iron-founding, and the manufacture of engines, tools, and jewellery. The excellent harbour still commands a large coast. ing traffic. The State House dates from 1762, and the City Hall is one of the finest buildings in New England. A spacious park commemorates the founder and surrounds a large lake.