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Narragansett is a historical fiction novel set in Rhode Island. The story follows two of the original families who settle and make their living off the land and on the water in that beautiful part of New England. Through the exploits of the Welfords and the Williams from the 16th century to present times, we understand how the people of Rhode Island have managed, protected, and cared for the natural resources of their state. A central theme of the novel is the environmental health of Narragansett Bay, portrayed through the successes and failures of the Bay's oyster industry. The Welford family came to Prudence, Rhode Island, with Roger Williams, seeking religious freedom. After "King Philip's War," they settled further south along the Narragansett coast making their living as farmers, horse breeders, and as mariners transporting goods throughout New England. Early on, the Welfords develop a partnership with the remnants of the Narragansett native Indian tribe. Thomas Welford, the youngest son in the Welford family, and Minataukey, the great-grandson of the Narragansett Sachems, grow up together and are inseparable. They build a successful oyster farming, boat building, and marine services business on Narragansett Pier. Minataukey takes the last name of Williams when he marries the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Sons and daughters of these two families play a key role in bringing the colony to statehood. As the industrial revolution changes America, they challenge the out-of-control pollution that the textile mills and the manufacturing companies bring to Rhode Island. They promote careful urban development and the regulation of fishing and forest resources. They also fight against the construction of a nuclear power plant in their state. These proud families are fictional, but they are still shining examples and testament to the belief that a balance can be maintained between modern civilization and the natural environment.
  • ISBN13: 9781490512266
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00406


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