Rhode Island State Geography

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Population (1994): 997,000 (43rd in size)

State size: 1,212 square miles (50th in size)

State Capital: Providence (named means divine guidence or care)

Major cities: Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick

Admission to union: The 13th State

Date entered the union: May 29, 1790

Origin of state name: Named after the Isle of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea

Nicknames: Little Rhody

Bordering states: Connecticut and Massachusetts, with the Atlantic Ocean to the south-east.

State bird: Rhode Island Red

State flower: Violet

State tree: Red Maple

Motto: Hope


Geographic Landmarks

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Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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  Major industries include textile mills, jewelry, electronics and machine tools. There is also some agriculture and tourism.


Historical Highlights

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  Rhode Island was initially established by Roger Williams in 1636 to escape religious persecution in England. It declared its independence from England in 1776. Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to join the union.


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Rhode Island

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Rhode Island State Flag


Rhode Island State Government home page

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