Pawtucket

/paw tuk"it/, n.
a city in NE Rhode Island. 71,204.

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      city, Providence county, northeastern Rhode Island, U.S., on the Blackstone River (there bridged and known locally as the Pawtucket or the Seekonk (Seekonk River)) just northeast of Providence city and adjoining the city of Central Falls to the northwest. In the heart of the business district, the river plunges some 50 feet (15 metres) over a mass of rocks; the city's name is from an Algonquian word for “at the falls.” First settlement on the site was made in 1671 by Joseph Jencks, Jr. His smithy, destroyed by Indians in 1676 during King Philip's War, was rebuilt, and soon the village became a centre for ironmongers. In 1793 Samuel Slater (Slater, Samuel) built the first successful waterpowered cotton mill in North America (now restored and designated a national historic landmark), an event considered to be the start of the Industrial Revolution (Europe, history of) in America. Pawtucket has a highly industrialized economy; metals, jewelry and silverware, and specialty textiles are produced.

      Navigation on the river has been continually improved by the federal government since 1867; there is a channel 16 feet (5 metres) deep that extends to Narragansett Bay. Pawtucket town (inc. 1828), east of the river, was originally in Massachusetts and was transferred to Rhode Island and reincorporated in 1862; part of North Providence, west of the river, was annexed to Pawtucket in 1874, and the expanded town was incorporated as a city in 1885. Pop. (1990) 72,644; (2000) 72,958.

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