Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Geography



First Advisor

Gerold H. Krausse


This research study describes the development of Kingston, Rhode Island, and identifies the major factors which have affected this evolution.

The first part of the research deals with the physical characteristics of the Kingston village site. Factors such as topography, bedrock, soil types and hydrology are discussed and mapped. It was found that the site offered early residents an ample water supply and soils that could support agriculture.

The second section of this study is concerned with the historical background of the area as well as Kingston village's evolution from early settlement to its present form. It was found that Kingston village was the site of large farms. Local initiative was instrumental in establishing Kingston as the county seat.

The third section discusses the village's present form, environmental problems and suggestions which might alleviate them.



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