Newport is a city located in Newport County, Rhode Island. It is the largest city on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,475. It was founded in 1639 and incorporated as a city in 1784. It was an important port during the slave trade (particularly a key port in the Triangular trade) and has since become a favourite holiday location.
It is the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where important tennis players are commemorated, as well as a number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age, including Belcourt Castle, The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House and The Elms. Some of these are open for guided tours.
The city is also known for the Newport Jazz Festival.
With coastlines on the west, south and east, Newport is a maritime town. Its harbors teem with commercial fishing boats, power and sail pleasure craft. Many defenses by the New York Yacht Club of the America's Cup yachting prize took place here.
The city has long been entwined with the U.S. Navy. It has been home to many warships, though none since the early 1990s. It held the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy during the Civil War, when the undergraduate officer training school was temporarily moved north from Annapolis, Maryland. It remains today the location of the U.S. Naval War College and a major training center.
Newport is also home to the Newport Tower, Salve Regina University, and the Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship in the United States.
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