Few words about Block Island

Block Island is part of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13 miles (21 km) south of the coast of Rhode Island. 14 miles (23 km) east of Montauk Point on Long Island. Island is separated from the Rhode Island mainland by Block Island Sound . Block Island enjoys the distinction of being named “One of the 12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” by The Nature Conservancy. Ten thousand years ago, glaciers pushed their way down the East Coast. They left behind the rocks and soil that was to form this little paradise. A land of stunning very fragile ecosystem that we have had the good fortune to preserve for all to share. More than one-third of Block Island is conserved land. There has been an extensive effort to keep the island’s natural bounty and remarkable landscape preserved and intact.

Island history

The Niantic, whose tribe eventually merged with the Narragansett people, called the island “Manisses” which means “little island of Manitou”. Archaeological sites indicate these people lived largely by hunting deer, catching fish, shellfish, and growing corn, beans, and squash. They migrated from forest to coastal areas to take advantage of seasonal resources. Artifacts found in the area suggest that American Indians inhabited the area as far back as1300 BC. In 1662, natives on the island numbered somewhere from 1,200 to 1,500. Block Island’s weather is greatly influenced by the surrounding ocean and prevailing winds that generally blow off-shore. The climate is oceanic. A rarity on an east coast in the Northern Hemisphere because the ocean stays cold during the Spring and Summer months. Block Island stays cooler than the mainland during this period. Summers can still be hot on Block Island. Block Island’s record high temperature is 95 °F (35 °C). Block Island stays warmer than the mainland during the fall and winter months. Thee ocean remains relatively warmer than the mainland. Block Island’s record low is −7 °F (−22 °C).

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