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Rhode Island

The 13th state in the USA, admitted on May 29, 1790.

Rhode Island is the first state to take action against British rule and the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution, demanding that the Bill of Rights be added. The smallest state in the union, yet it has 400 miles of coastline and over 100 beaches, it's no wonder Rhode Island is nicknamed the "Ocean State." This state is a smorgasbord of fresh seafood and water enthusiasts. Newport, Rhode Island, is the sailing capital of the world. The state capital, Providence, was founded by Roger Williams and declared a place of religious freedom. Rhode Island passed the first abolitionist laws, banning slavery. Rhode Island was home to Anne Hutchison, the first woman to establish a town in America. She formed Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and spoke out against the Puritans. The first synagogue in America, the Touro Synagogue was built in Rhode Island. This synagogue became one of America's oldest symbols of liberty. Rhode Island's economy is stimulated mainly by these three industries: Health Services, tourism and manufacturing. Regions include the Blackstone Valley, Block Island, East Bay, Newport County, South County and Warwick. Blackstone Valley is the largest region, which was the birthplace of American industry. Samuel Slater founded the first textile mill here in 1790 and became known as the father of the American Industrial revolution.

Some facts about Rhode Island:

State Abbreviation: RI
Population: 1,052,567
Area: 1,545 square miles
State Nickname: The Ocean State
State Motto: Hope
State Capital: Providence
Largest City: Providence
Official Web Site: http://www.ri.gov/


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