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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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Block Island, is well known for being the smallest town in the smallest state in the country as well as for its attraction for tourists and picturesque landscape.
Wind(IVID) 500 85-125 Cape Wind (MA) 468 130 NRG BlueWater's Mid-Atlantic 450 150 Park (DE) OffshoreMW(MA) 400 N/A Block Island (Rl) 30 5 Principal Power-Windfloat 25 6-8 Pacific (OR) Fishermen's Energy: Phase 1 (NJ) 24 24 Lake Eire LEEDCo Icebreaker (OH) 18 6 University of Maine (ME) 12 2 Virginia Offshore Wind 12 2 Technology Advancement Source: Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Gustave White Sothebys International Realty is a full-service agency specializing in waterfront and luxury real estate and serving all of Rhode Island, including Block Island, as well as southeast Connecticut and coastal Massachusetts.
GE unit, GE Energy Financial Services, and Citi have closed a tax equity financing on Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the United States.
In other local interest, the last German U-boat sinking (U-8S3) was off Jamestown near Block Island, in Rhode Island waters, just after the end of the war.
The company has received the honour for Offshore Innovation for its role in the Block Island Wind Farm.
The 30-megawatt (MW) wind farm, which will include five turbines located three miles (4.8 km) off the coast of the bucolic summer tourist destination of Block Island, will take more than a year to build and is scheduled to produce electricity for the tiny island community and the mainland by the end of next year.
And construction has only just begun for another, much smaller, offshore wind farm near Block Island.
The large pile of reading material that accompanied me on my summer encampment to Block Island included the May 12th edition of the Insurance Advocate (among a number of other editions in my quest to get up to date).
Viking stove, Asko dishwasher, and butcher block island. The master bedroom has built-in dressers and en-suite marble bath with double vanity.
Pell proposed to the Olympic star at Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island.
The first project targeted in Rhode Island is being backed by a company called Deepwater Wind, which is awaiting final state and federal approval for a 30 megawatt demonstration-scale wind farm in state waters three miles southeast of Block Island. The project would consist of five turbines and deliver electricity to Block Island, which is now entirely reliant on diesel for generation.