Rhode Island County Creation Dates and Parent Counties

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Name of County Date Formed Boundary
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Parent County Counties Created by Boundary Changes
Bristol 1746 Feb 17 Details Providence none
Kent 1759 Jun 11 Details Providence none
King's 1703 Jun 22 Details Colonial lands renamed Washington 1781
Newport 1781 Oct 29 Details Rhode Island County none
Providence 1729 Jun 16 Details renamed from Providence Plantations Bristol 1746, Kent 1750
Providence Plantations 1636 6 16 Details Colonial lands renamed Providence 1703
Rhode Island 1636 6 16 Details Colonial lands renamed Newport 1729
Washington 1781 Oct 29 Details renamed from King's County none
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  1. [http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Rhode_Island/viewer.htm Rhode_Island Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor; Gordon DenBoer, Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director and Digital Compiler; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant. Copyright The Newberry Library 2008.