1636 Roger Williams settles in Providence
1638 Aquidneck island settled by colonists from Massachusettes.
1639 First Baptist Church in America organized in Providence
1640 Newport allots land for support of a public school
1641 Benedict Arnold purchases land in Pawtuxet from Narragansett Sachem Miantonomi
1642 Samuel Gorton purchases Shawomet (Warwick) from the Narrgansetts
1643 Death of Miantonomi
1644 The name "Aquidneck" is replaced with "Rhode Island"
Rhode Island granted its first Charter by the English Parliamentary Commission
1647 Death of Narragansett Sachem Canonicus