In this article, Lippincott describes the early history of Conanicut island, which serves as an example of the development of a town in New England in the seventeenth century, as well as the politics of colonial Rhode Island. After the successful settlement of Plymouth in 1620, there were great incentives for Englishmen to settle in New England, such as religious matters, mercantile interests, and the desire to become landowners. The purchase and history of the islands in Narragansett Bay, especially the island Conanicut, illustrate the importance of land and the political dynamics of seventeenth century Rhode Island.
Lippincott, Bertram III
"King James's Other Island,"
Newport History: Vol. 54:
184, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol54/iss184/1