"... More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol ..."
"Many of the shipbuilders, captains and financiers of those slaving voyages were Episcopalians. The church, like many others in its day, supported slavery and profited from it even after the trans-Atlantic slave trade was outlawed and slavery had been banned in the state. Among the most notable Episcopalian slaveholders were Thomas Jefferson, who was active for some time in the church, and George Washington."
"The region’s economy was inseparable from the slave trade starting in the 1600s, when the earliest settlers bartered Native Americans they had captured for slaves brought from Africa. Later, merchants and suppliers who grew wealthy from the slave trade founded and endowed several Ivy League colleges; soon, Northern textile mills were humming with Southern cotton picked by slaves."