Providence was one of America’s first established cities and is found in the region of New England. It has a substantial metropolitan population even though its estimated population does not particularly reflect this. It was Roger Williams (a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony) who founded Providence in 1636, giving the city the name after God’s merciful Providence since he believed it was due to God that such a haven was created for him and his followers to settle. It became an industrial city very early on and then later on more known for its silverware and jewelry industries. Now though, in line with many other cities in America, Providence has moved towards service industries. Indeed, it has now been nicknamed the Creative Capital, due to its strong focus on the arts and education.