1754 Providence Library Association chartered.
1757 Hopkinton incorporated as a Town.
1758 James Franklin founds the Newport Mercury.
1763 Touro Synagogue dedicated in Newport.
Rhode Island College incorporated. First commencement in 1769. In 1804 the college became Brown University.
1765 Governor Samuel Ward refuses to enforce the Stamp Act.
1772 First equestrian performance (circus) in RI occurs at Newport.
British revenue schooner "Gaspee" burned while aground in Warwick.
1774 Colony population, 58,221 (including 3768 slaves).
1775 Revolutionary War begins at Lexington and Concord, Massachusettes.