An extraordinary piece of the land was purchased by Roger Williams from the Narragansett Indians in 1638 as a segment of the Pawtuxet Purchase, and the essential traveler in the zone was William Arnold, who was followed very quickly by William Harris, William Carpenter and Zachariah Rhodes. Stephen Arnold, a sibling by marriage of Rhodes and William Arnold, produced a gristmill on the Pawtuxet falls and spread out the “Arnold Road” (present day “Extensive Street”) interfacing it to the Pequot Trail inciting Connecticut. Arnold’s youngster, Benedict Arnold, transformed into the primary Governor of Rhode Island under the assent of 1663. After locale inhabitants couldn’t agree upon a name for another town for a serious long time, the Town of Cranston was over the long haul made by the General Assembly in 1754 from a portion of Providence north of the Pawtuxet River. Understudies of history talk whether the town was named after Governor Samuel Cranston, the longest-serving Rhode Island congressperson or his grandson, Thomas Cranston, who was filling in as Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives at the time that the town was made. In the mid 1770s town social occasions were held at the bars of Caleb Arnold and Nehemiah Knight where Cranstonians threw a voting form for an objective confining the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts, and the town enthusiastically maintained the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. In the wake of losing a great deal of its area to neighboring towns and the city of Providence over the nineteenth century, Cranston itself transformed into a city on 10 March 1910.

Various Italian-Americans in Cranston are slid from outsiders of Itri, Italy who settled mostly in the Knightsville region of Cranston during the mid 1900s. Cranston is known for the St. Mary’s Feast, charged by the Feast of the Madonna della Civita celebrated in Itri. Since 1905, the St. Mary’s Feast has been seven days long festival celebrated in July in Cranston with venders, a reasonable, fireworks, and an exacting procession from St. Mary’s Church on Sunday. In 2000, Cranston and Itri became sister urban zones.