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State of Rhode Island, Was one of the original thirteen States of the Union, and is supposed to have been the theatre Where Roger Williams landed. of the attempt to plant a settlement in America by the Northmen at the beginning of the eleventh century (see Northmen in America). It is believed to be the Newport, R. I., from Fort Adams. Vinland mentioned by them. Verazzani is supposed to have entered Narraganset Bay, and had an interview with the natives there in 1524. Block, the Dutch navigator, explored it in 1614, and the Dutch traders afterwards, seeing the marshy estuaries red with cranberries, called it Roode Eyelandt— red island, corrupted to Rhode Island. The Dutch carried on a profitable fur-trade with the Indians there, and even as far east as Buzzard's Bay, and they claimed a monopoly of the traffic to the latter point. The Pilgrims at Plymouth became annoyed by the New Netherlanders when they claimed jurisdiction as far east as Narraganset Bay, and westward fr