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Block Island - USA, Rhode Island Highlights:
Vacation island, Victorian hotels, beaches
Block Island, renowned for its windswept moors and remote beaches, lies 12 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island to the south of Newport Bay. This island, settled by colonists in 1661, was a farming and fishing community until the late 1800s, when Nicholas Ball established a safe harbour here for the steamboat traffic that plied Block Island Sound on the busy New York to Providence and New Bedford routes. Within 20 years, a number of large Victorian hotels were built to accommodate visiting steamship passengers and the island's reputation as a magnificent vacation resort was established. As the age of the steamship declined, so did Block Island's resort status. By the middle of the 20th century, it had reverted back primarily to a farming and fishing village. In the 1960s, the island was rediscovered by visitors enchanted by its unspoiled landscapes and beautiful beaches. Soon, summer cottages began to dot the countryside, and the magnificent Victorian hotels were restored.

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