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Because of their strategic significance, Newport and Narragansett Bay have always been crucial locations for the military in America. During the Revolution the British occupied Newport and the Battle of Rhode Island, the largest New England land battle of the war, took place as the Americans and their French allies attempted to dislodge the occupation. In the nineteenth century a series of massive coastal fortifications were built to protect the entrances to the bay. During the late 19th and 20th centuries Newport was a major center of the U.S. Navy and the historic home to the US War College and Torpedo Station.

       Artillery Company of Newport
       Fort Adams
       Naval War College Museum
       Green End Fort

       Heritage Park
       RI Black Regiment Memorial
       Fort Butts
       Lehigh Hill Overlook

       Bristol Train of Artillery

       Fort Barton

       Fort Wetherill

         Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
         Maj. General Ambrose E. Burnside