4. Some wealthy Rhode Islanders were involved in the 18th century's infamous "trianglar trade," which involved shipping and trading in what three commodities, in Africa, the West Indies and New England?
From Quiz Some Rhode Island History
Answer: slaves, molasses, rum
The triangle trade was a way of making money by buying slaves in Africa, hauling them to the West Indies and the surrounding areas, trading for molasses, returning home and turning the molasses into rum, and trading the rum for more slaves. Ironically, the state had been passing anti-slavery laws since at least 1652, but they were never effectively enforced. The slave population of Rhode Island itself was 5.0% in 1770, double any of the other New Engand colonies, though not nearly as high as southern colonies where cotton or rice could be grown and slaves could approach half the total population or even exceed half, such as South Carolina's 53.9 percent.