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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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Ken was an avid boater and enjoyed fishing while spending time on Block Island, RI with family and friends.
He will be deeply missed by his 8 children, Gail Dugan (Michael) of Block Island, RI, Dennis Johnson (Jo-Ann) of Westborough, Michael Johnson (Sherry) of Westborough, Judy Benson (Tom) of Westerly, RI, Peggy Nelson (Scott) of Westerly, RI, Jeffrey Johnson (Kathy) of Hope Valley, RI, Teresa Johnson of Westerly, RI and Maureen Butler (John) of Dudley, MA, his 18 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.