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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
|Major industries include textile mills, jewelry, electronics and machine tools. There is also some agriculture and tourism.|
|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.|
Rhode Island State Flag
|Rhode Island State Government home page|
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