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Block Island,

7 mi (11.2 km) long and 3.5 mi (5.6 km) wide, off S R.I. at the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound. Visited by the Dutch navigator Adriaen BlockBlock, Adriaen,
fl. 1610–24, Dutch navigator. Eager to establish a fur trade with the Native Americans, Amsterdam merchants sent (1613) Block and another Dutch navigator to explore the region discovered by Henry Hudson.
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 in 1614, it was settled in 1661. The murder (1637) there of John OldhamOldham, John
, c.1600–1636, colonist in New England, b. England. A trader, he emigrated to Plymouth in 1623 but was banished (1624) because of his opposition to the strict government.
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, an English trader, was the direct cause of the Pequot War (see PequotPequot
, Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). The Pequot are of the Eastern Woodlands cultural area (see under Natives, North American).
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). Characterized by numerous small ponds, low hills, and a mild climate, the island has long been a favorite fishing and resort area. Possessing ferry services and two harbors, it accommodates local fishing boats and summer leisure craft. There are two lighthouses. The small town of New Shoreham (inc. 1672) is coextensive with the island.
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Data on the observed diets of Hermit Thrushes and Yellow-rumped Warbiers during autumn stopover on Block Island were available from earlier work (Parrish 1997).
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As part of President Obama s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS).
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June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as the summer tourism season picks up on Block Island, customers who visit the island and those who live there seasonally or full-time are expected to experience improved mobile broadband and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T.
A Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling today paves the way for Deepwater Wind to advance the permitting and development of its planned Block Island Wind Farm, which remains on track to be the first offshore wind farm in the nation.
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Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty is a full-service agency specializing in luxury real estate and serving all of Rhode Island, including Block Island, as well as southeast Connecticut and coastal Massachusetts.
He was born and raised in Newport, RI, the son of a prominent lawyer in a family whose roots extend throughout Southern Rhode Island and Block Island back to the 1700's.