Patience Island

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Patience Island, shown in red, in the inner part of Narragansett Bay

Patience Island lies off the northwest coast of Prudence Island, in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States. The island has a land area of 0.8536 km² (0.33 sq mi, or 210.9 acres), making it the fourth-largest island in Narragansett Bay.


The island and others nearby were named by Roger Williams and other early colonists. Colonial school children often recited the poem: "Patience, Prudence, Hope and Despair. And the little Hog over there." The last residents were the Steere Family, Earle and Clark Steere Founder's of the Warwick Cove Marina and descendants of Arthur Steere, Senator and best friend of Roger Williams. Patience Island was a gift from the local Indians to Roger Williams and Steere to promote early colonization of Rhode Island. [1] Patience Island became part of Portsmouth in 1664.


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