Located in the northeastern part of the state of Rhode Island and a city in Providence County, Pawtucket sits on the Blackstone River which is just northeast of Providence City and adjoining the city of Central Falls in the northwestern part. The area’s first settlement was made in 1671. The first successful water-powered cotton mill was built in 1793, which event was considered to be the start of the United States’ industrial revolution. The city of Pawtucket then became a highly industrialized economy whose manufacture includes metals, jewelry, and silverware, and specialty textiles were being produced.
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