By Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings
In anera whilst immigration was once at its top, the Fabre Line provided the onlytransatlantic path to southern New England. one in all its most vital ports wasin windfall, Rhode Island. approximately eighty-four thousand immigrants wereadmitted to the rustic among the years 1911 and 1934. nearly one in 9 ofthese participants elected to settle in Rhode Island after touchdown in Providence,amounting to round 11 thousand new citizens. almost all these immigrantswere from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line stored up a brisk and successfulbusiness. notwithstanding, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new existence facedmajor stumbling blocks within the kind of global conflict I, the immigration restrict legislation ofthe Nineteen Twenties, and the nice melancholy. sign up for authors Patrick T. Conley and WilliamJ. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the historical past of the Fabre Line and its function inbringing new citizens to the sea nation.
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Rockefeller Library at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island Library, the G. W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport, the United States Custom House at Providence and the Diocese of Providence Archives. Others who helped with the publication of this long-delayed project are Paul Campbell, archivist of the City of Providence; Dr. Hilliard Beller, editor for the Rhode Island Publications Society; photographer Frank Mullin; and Linda Gallen and Anna Loiselle, who not only typed the manuscript but also did extensive Internet searches for information.
Direct service between Italy and New York was maintained by other lines at this time. S. Congress passed a bill authorizing the survey and examination of Providence’s harbor and its environs for the purpose of dredging a thirty-foot channel. At the same time, the Fabre Line officially announced its intention to call at Providence. Rumors had been circulating throughout the city for months that the line was ready to come to the port as soon as it became definite that the channel would be dredged.
The city of Providence is situated at the head of Narragansett Bay. The harbor is the terminus of two important Rhode Island rivers, the Seekonk and the Providence. The former, which has its source near Worcester, Massachusetts, is known as the Blackstone River as far down as the falls in Pawtucket; the latter is formed by the merger of two smaller streams, the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers. In the minds of those familiar with the waterfront during the second decade of the twentieth century, Providence Harbor was divided into two sections.