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Warwick was founded by Samuel Gorton and eleven of his followers when the men purchased 107 square miles of land from Miantonomi, chief sachem of the Narragansett Indian tribe. Gorton had arrived from London in 1636.

Name: Warwick’s name came from that of the second earl of Warwick in England, Robert Rich. When Samuel Gorton wanted the Massachusetts Bay Colony to stop its encroachments against him and his followers, Gorton traveled to England to plead his case to Rich, who had been named ‘Governor in Chief and Lord High Admiral of the English Plantations in America.’ Rich ruled in Gorton’s favor, and in return, Gorton renamed the town Warwick.

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