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Named for the English city of Shoreham, Kent, New Shoreham is a town on Block Island, in Washington County, Rhode Island. Block Island was named for Adrian Block, a Dutch navigator who rediscovered the island in 1614, although its presence had been noted by Giovanni de Verrazzano in 1524. In 1661, sixteen families from the English colony of Massachusetts settled on the island in 1661 and, in 1664, it became part of the English colony of Rhode Island. Shoreham was incorporated in 1672.


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