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Rhode Island
( The Ocean State / The Little Rhody )
Rhode Island Map The exact origin of the state name is unknown. Roger Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of Providence in what is today known as Rhode Island after their banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams believed in the importance of liberty of conscience, which became an important principle in the founding of Rhode Island and ultimately in the founding of the United States. Rhode Island is the 13th of the original states of the Union (1790). Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. In spite of its size (3,140 sq. km), it is nevertheless an important industrial state. Rhode Island lies on beautiful Narragansett Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists come to Rhode Island coastal resorts each summer to enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports. The annual Newport Music Festival is held in late July and early August. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Rhode Island include:

The Flag of Rhode Island
Rhode Island state flag Ratified the Constitution on 1790 as the 13th State; flag adopted in 1897. An anchor, traditional symbol of hope, was first adopted by Rhode Island as a symbol in 1647. Rhode Island troops in the Revolutionary War carried flags of white with an anchor and thirteen stars.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Providence, 173,618; Warwick, 85,808; Cranston, 79,269; Pawtucket, 72,958; East Providence, 48,688; Woonsocket, 43,224; Coventry town, 33,668; North Providence town, 32,411; Cumberland town, 31,840; West Warwick town, 29,581
Business and Trade in Rhode Island
Agriculture: Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.

Industries: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Rhode Island Red
  • Flower: Violet (viola)
  • Tree: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
  • Song(s): Rhode Island's It For Me
  • Motto: Hope

Rhode Island Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge - Charlestown
Touro Synagogue National Historic Site - Newport
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge - Charlestown
Heritage Harbor Museum - Providence
Roger Williams National Memorial - Providence
capital  Capital: Providence

statehood  Statehood: 1790-05-29

population  Population:
1,048,319 (1,003.20 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 1,545.05
    Water 500.12
    Land 1,044.93
    Rank 50th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Rhode Island, there are 439,837 housing units, averaging to 420.9 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
Photographic Print 16" x 12"

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