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A micro on "The Hill".
Grab your bocce balls and palina and come have a game on the bocce courts on Federal Hill. The area now known as Federal Hill was originally the land separating the Narragansett and Wampanoag Indian tribes. The early settlers were attracted to this area during the 18th century by the array of highways and turnpikes that already served the area. In 1788, Amos Maine Atwells and several other businessmen formed a syndicate to improve and develop the West Side of the city. Because of his active involvement in real estate and development near the Atwells Avenue area, he is credited with shaping the physical appearance of Federal Hill and with giving his name to that major thoroughfare. In the early 1900s, the Federal Hill area was the destination of a second great wave of immigrants, nearly 60 years after the Irish had arrived in the neighborhood. The area soon became the center of one of the most densely populated and largest Italian settlements in the nation. In 1885, there were only a few hundred Italian-born residents in Providence; 20 years later, there were 18,014 and by 1920, 42,044. By 1930, twenty percent of the city's population was of Italian extraction. This wave eventually slowed down in the 1930s due to the disruption caused by World War I and the restrictive immigration laws enacted in 1921 and 1924. The original settlement of Italians along Spruce Street and Atwells Avenue gradually expanded to include all of Federal Hill and became known to the residents as "The Hill," "Colletto," or "Little Hill." The italian influence has ebbed somewhat and now this is A pretty diverse neghborhood. There are still many fine Italian restaurants on "the Hill". So stop by, find a cache, have a game and then have a meal. Ciao!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum