About Rhode Island Map :Rhode Island has the longest name in all of the states, which is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It is located in the New England region, and is the smallest state in the country. It is also the 8th least populous but also the 2nd most densely populated. Nicknamed The Ocean State, it was the first state to declare independence from British rule, 2 months before the Declaration of Independence. It was also the last of the original 13 colonies to join the Union.
History of Rhode Island
Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636, after being kicked out of Massachusetts for his views on religion and politics. He wanted to create a region that supported religious freedom, and founded the region to be the place for his vision.
In 1644, Williams secured a parliamentary patent where 4 of the newly founded towns legally formed their own civil law and eventually an own government in 1647. During the next years, Rhode Island enjoyed a period of prosperity, with Newport and Providence being one of the busiest ports in the entire New World.
The state was one of the first to take action versus British rule when they burned two British vessels at the start of the American Revolution. They were also the first to declare independence from Britain on May 4, 1776. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to join the Union after their demand, that the Bill of Rights be included in the US Constitution, was granted.
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The state is bordered by Connecticut in the north, Massachusetts to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean and Rhode Island Sound in the south, and a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest.
Surrounded by bodies of water, the state enjoys a number of oceanfront beaches and miles and miles of coastline. The state is generally flat with very little or no real mountains. The highest point is Jerimoth Hill, which is only 812 feet above sea level.
Rhode Island has the 16th highest per capita income in the country. Its largest industry is health services, followed by the tourism sector employing over 39,000 jobs, and manufacturing the 3rd largest industry.
Travel Destinations in Rhode Island
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country, but its significant location on the Atlantic Ocean provides it with plenty of beautiful coastline that's beloved by both locals and visitors.
Rhode Island beaches are national favorites with Newport, the Third Beach in Middletown and the State Beach in Narrangansett, being the most popular. Block Island is a charming island located on the Atlantic, 12 miles off the mainland. It has 17 miles of beaches, 32 miles of trails, and over 300 freshwater ponds that make this island a popular summer destination.
Newport Mansions are world-famous, with over 800,000 visitors each year exploring the 9 different homes sprawled across the city. These were summer cottages of America's wealthiest families, and are now popular tourist spots in the state.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is another tourist favorite, with over 500,000 visitors each year. There are over 100 species of animals in this zoo, all coming from different parts of the world. The Park also contains the Carousel village, the Museum of National History, and the Planetarium and Botanical Garden.
The Culinary Arts Museum inside the campus of Johnson and Wales University is world-famous, with over 25,000 square feet of space and over 250,000 items on display, plus a collection of over 60,000 cookbooks sourced from all over the world.
There is a total of 52 school districts in the state, with 313 public schools. Among the most notable universities found in Rhode Island are: Brown University in Providence- an Ivy League school that's one of the most selective in the entire country; Bryant University in Smithfield, which is known for its highly rated Master's program; and the Rhode Island School of Design, which is one of the top art schools in the US.
Last Updated On : March 30, 2015