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Providence-Promises and Challenges, 1790-1830 Identity of Providence

What forces shaped the identity of Providence and its people?

Triangle trade and the slave trade

The Triangle Trade and Rhode Island’s role in the slave trade
  • Why did Rhode Island turn to the slave trade as a way to earn money?
  • What did Rhode Island have (resources, skills, location) which made it successful in the slave trade?
  • What are the steps for distilling rum?
  • What arguments did supporters of the slave trade use to justify their actions?
  • To what extent did white people in RI admit/acknowledge that they depended economically on the work of enslaved people?