Providence once ‘Ellis Island’ to Southern New England

Joe Kernan, “Providence once ‘Ellis Island’ to Southern New England,” Cranston Herald, January 22, 2014. “In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934… Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around 11,000 new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business.”