The Narragansett were a northeastern Algonquian Native American people. In 1709, the Narragansett quit-claimed New England tribal lands under pressure from the British government. By 1717 the area had been divided into farming plots purchased by European settlers. A place there is named Quonset Point – Quonset appears to translate either as ‘long-place,’ ‘round shallow cove’ or ‘boundary.’ Quonset Point goes back to the Revolutionary War; it’s the birthplace of the US Navy,
Fast forward to 1941; the Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight, standardized housing unit that made efficient use of shipping space, could be easily transported anywhere and could be quickly and easily assembled without skilled labor. The design ended up modeled after the British Nissen – ultimately using corrugated steel and semi-circular steel arched ribs. Over time, improvements and changes were made and the “Quonset Stran-Steel Hut” was the most produced. A total of 153,200 Quonset Huts and 11,800 Warehouse units were produced or procured by the US Navy during World War II.