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During this time Fall River, Seekonk were part of Rhode Island.Central Falls, Rumford were towns in Massachusetts.
In 1746, in the settlement of a colonial boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island, along with Little Compton and what is now Newport County, Rhode Island.
In 1653, Freetown was settled at Assonet Bay by members of the Plymouth Colony, as part of Freeman's Purchase, which included the northern part of what is now Fall River.
In 1683, Freetown was incorporated as a town within the colony.
During this time, the southern part of what is now Fall River (south of Columbia Street) would remain part of Tiverton, Rhode Island.
In 1856, the town of Tiverton, Rhode Island voted to split off its industrial northern section as Fall River, Rhode Island.