Book review: A History of the Providence River: With the Moshassuck, Woonasquatucket & Seekonk Tributaries by Robert A. Geake
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A detailed look at the history of the Providence River and its tributaries, the Moshassuck, Woonasquatucket and Seekonk.
One fun thing about reading a book like this is how much there is to learn. Since most settlements are set up near water, often the earliest history of a region is found near them. From the ancient natives to present-day conflicts about restoration vs. industry, the Providence River has been at the center of much of the area's history, and Geake brings a lot of it to life.
I found it more engaging than I expected, and not at all dry. It skipped around a bit rather than going in strict chronology, but it was all clear, and was more than just a story of what happened on the river, but how that impacted the surrounding communities.