Prudence Island

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

Prudence Island is the third largest island in Narragansett Bay in the state of Rhode Island. It is located near the geographical center of the bay.

In colonial times, the island was used mainly for farming. In the 20th century, farming began to decline and the island began to attract summer residences. In World War II, the U.S. Military established a presence on the island. In 1972, the military turned the island over to the State of Rhode Island.

Along with nearby Hope Island and Patience Island, it is now home to the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. It is connected by ferry to Aquidneck Island.

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