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 Colony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations

Rhode Island is a part of the New England region and was one of the 13 original American Colonies that declared independence from British rule which started the American Revolution on May 4, 1776. The name Rhode Island refers to the largest Island in Narragansett Bay, also known as Aquidneck Island which is where Newport is located. The state of Rhode Island, despite its name, isn't an island. It's just that from every point in the state is within 30 miles of Sea Water, hence the nickname the "Ocean State".

Providence Plantation was founded by Roger Williams in 1636. He was a baptist minister fleeing from religios persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Other settlements were soon to follow. Williams was sent to England by fellow citizens to secure a charter for the colony. Parliamentary patent was secure in March in 1643. May 18, 1652, Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal. That's how Rhode Island became the safe haven for people who were prosecuted for their beliefs such as the Baptists, Quakers, and Jews. In 1663 a Royal Charter was given by Charles II of England. This charter guaranteed religious freedom for all Christians and Jews.


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Narragansett Beach and Towers

Narragansett Beach and Towers

Bluffs Block Island
Bluffs-Block Island

Newport Bridge

Newport Bridge

Rhode Island Facts:
Founder of Rhode Island :  Roger Williams
Nickname:  The Ocean State; Little Rhody
State Capital:  Providence
Largest City:  Providence
Est. Population in 2004:  1,080,632
Admission to the Union:  May 29, 1790
The smallest State in the U. S.

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The state of Rhode Island covers an area of approximately 1,214 square miles and is bordered by the following states:

- North and East

Connecticut - West

New York
- Shares WaterBorder
Between Block Island and Long Island

Atlantic Ocean  - South


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