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Giovanni da Verrazzano Historic Marker
"To Giovanni Da Verrazzano, the navigator from Italy who in 1524 crossed the perilous northern ocean, first to behold the coast of the future United States, cast anchor in this bay,
explore its islands, one of which, because of its shape he Christened Rhodes, name later extended to the entire state of Rhode Island. Donated by Carrara, The Marble City, and by Greve in Chanti, where Verrazzano was born, in pledge of ever growing friendship between the American and the Italian peoples."
After attempting to sail west to Asia via Brazil in 1527, Giovanni da Verrazzano and his brother Girolamo sailed again to Florida in 1528, but drifted into the Caribbean to one of the Lesser Antilles islands, where both brothers were killed and eaten by the local population of Carib Indians.
Sourceshttp://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=56325 http://www.italianhistorical.org/page50.html http://www.biography.com/people/giovanni-da-verrazzano-9517737 http://beforewinthrop.com/section2/BW4-1-Verrazzano.html
Providence, RI 02903
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