Rhode Island

Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York.

On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown,and was the fourth among the newly sovereign states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778.It boycotted the 1787 convention that drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it.On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th and last state to ratify the Constitution.

Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the fact that the state has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Rhode Island covers 1,214 square miles (3,144 km2), of which 1,045 square miles (2,707 km2) are land.

 

Governor of Rhode Island

GINA RAIMONDO

Governor

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Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Rhode Island

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Nap Lajoie (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1937)
  • Hugh Duffy (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1945)
  • Gabby Hartnett (Catcher. Inducted in 1955)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Nicholas Colasanto
  • Jason Marsden
  • Mena Suvari

Rhode Island Fun Facts

  • The Rhode Island colony was founded on present-day Aquidneck Island, the largest island in Narragansett Bay. There are two theories on how Aquidneck Island came to be known as Rhode Island: 1) Explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano visited the island near the mouth of Narragansett Bay in 1524, and he compared it to the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. 2) Dutch explorer Adraen Block called Aquidneck "een rodlich Eylande," meaning "an island of reddish appearance" in 1625.
  • On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island declared its independence from Great Britain, the first state to do so. 
  • Judge Darius Baker imposed the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile on August 27, 1904, in Newport, Rhode Island. The offender was found guilty of speeding at 15 miles per hour.
  • The first U.S. Open Championship was played on the nine-hole course of Newport Golf and Country Club in Rhode Island on October 4, 1895.
  • The Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island.  
  • Even though Rhode Island has five counties, there is no county government. Local governance is provided by the eight cities and 31 towns.
  • The start of the Industrial Revolution is often attributed to the development and construction in 1790 of Samuel Slater's water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
  • Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland, Rhode Island, is the oldest known monument to veterans in the United States.
  • Roger Williams founded the first Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1638.  It is the oldest Baptist congregation in America. 
  • In 1852, Rhode Island became the first state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
  • In Rhode Island, the law requires that one must give a timely, audible signal before passing a car on the left.