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Kent County, Rhode Island

* Kent County, Rhode Island. Situated in the center of the state, and contains 186 sq. miles. The surface is uneven and rough; soil, gravelly and sandy loam, adapted to grazing. Drained by Pawtuxet and Flat rivers, which afford water power. It has flourishing manufactures, and some commerce. Capital, East Greenwich. There were in 1840, neat cattle 4,398, sheep 10,408, swine 4,221; wheat 494 bushels produced, rye 6,066, Indian corn 64,112, barley 3,805, oats 11,915, potatoes 136,644; 103 stores, capital $179,610; 5 lumber yards, capital $11,200; 9 fulling mills, 5 woolen factories, 45 cotton factories 100,010 spindles, 2 tanneries, 2 rope factories, 27 grist mills, 25 saw mills. Capital in manufactures $1,661,500. 6 academies 250 students, 64 schools 1,974 scholars. Population, 13,083.

*Source: A Complete Descriptive And Statistical Gazetteer Of The United States Of America, By Daniel Haskel, A. M and J. Calvin Smith, Published By Sherman & Smith, 1843

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