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Pawtucket Bridge and Falls with Slater Mill

This image of the Pawtucket Bridge and Falls with Slater Mill in Rhode Island shows the typical reliance on natural power sources for industry.

Rhode Island Historical Society, watercolor and ink on paper, ca. 1810, Anonymous (RHi X5 22)

Pawtucket Bridge and Falls with Slater Mill

Images of the Era: 1789-1815

During its first quarter century, the new United States government had to find its way in the world while attending to the nation’s business. Leaders met with Indian nations and faced often-hostile relations with European powers while coping with conflicts between emerging political parties and working out relationships among the three new branches of government.