Author: Michael R. Derderian

In 2015, Michael R. Derderian graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in History and minor in Anthropology. In 2017, he earned a MA in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University. Michael is employed at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. As for fieldwork, Michael has worked as an archeologist technician and researcher, conducting battlefield archeology surveys on various Colonial and early Republic wars, including: the Battle of Nipsachuck, the Raid on Essex, the siege of Saybrook’s Fort, and the English retreat and counter-attack on Mystic Fort. Michael is currently working in western Massachusetts on the Battle of Turner Falls battlefield.

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This Licentious Republic: Maritime Skirmishes in Narragansett Bay 1763-1769

As a British colony located on the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island’s wealth grew by utilizing the ocean’s vast resources. Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay is roughly two hundred and fifty square miles, which includes small islands and bays. Hundreds of ships carrying both raw materials from the colonies and manufactured products from England traveled through Narragansett […]

by Michael R. Derderian