Preserving Bristol: Restoring, Reviving and Remembering

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Bristol, Rhode Island is the sire town in the smallest county in the smallest state. Originally part of Plymouth Colony, Bristol Harbor was the most important seaport of the colony. Few realize that Bristol's harbor was once the fourth busiest seaport in the country. Its harbor is deep and until the twentieth-century accommodated deep-hulled merchant vessels and the grand passenger steamers of the Fall River Line. Within Bristol's borders are found the finest collection of late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century municipal buildings and private residences in the state. Founded in 1680 as a commercial venture by four wealthy Boston investors, the town's prosperity has grown through various endeavors, from the nefarious Atlantic slave trade to boat building, manufacturing, and exports during its more than three centuries. In this book, author Richard V. Simpson regales the reader with compelling stories of the lives and times of the town's colorful inhabitants, their estates, and their adventures during the Revolution and privateering during the War of 1812.
ISBN: 9781625451026
Format: Hardback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Rhode Island
Series: America Through Time
Images: 200
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Richard V. Simpson is a native Rhode Islander and a graphic designer by trade. After retiring from a 29-year Federal Civil Service career, he became an antique dealer and a nonfiction writer. His in-depth knowledge of antique glass and porcelain and his specialty of glass paperweights encouraged him to write for the national Antiques and Collecting Magazine which published 85 of his articles. As his home town's defacto historian he began writing histories of Bristol and Bristol related subjects. He has written five books about the America's Cup yachts and this is his third book with a military subject.
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