“pirate burial grounds!”
Goat Island is a small island in Narragansett and is part of the city of Newport, Rhode Island U.S. The island is connected to the Easton's Point neighborhood via a causeway bridge bridge. Goat Island is home to the Newport Harbor Light (1842), The Marina Cafe & Pub, Belle Mer, the Hyatt Regency Newport hotel, and the Goat Island South Condominiums. The island was home to several military forts, the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, and was the site the attacks on the HMS St. John and HMS Liberty. Native Americans called the island "Nomsussmuc", and Indians sold the island in 1658. Early Newport colonists used the island as a goat pasture. An earthen fort was built on Goat Island in 1703 during the War of Spanish Succession, and it was named "Fort Anne" after the reigning Queen Anne. On Friday, 19 July 1723, twenty-six pirates, who had been hanged at nearby Bull's Point (Gravelly Point) after being tried in Newport between 10 and 12 July, were buried on the north end of Goat Island, on the shore, between high and low water mark.
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