Rhode Island

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Abbreviation RI
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Providence
Population 1,052,567
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Lincoln Chafee (Independent, to January 2015)
Entered the Union May 29, 1790
as the 13th state
Motto Hope
Nickname The Ocean State
Flower Violet (unofficial)
Bird Rhode Island Red
Song Rhode Island It's For Me
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Greek Island of Rhodes
Historical Sites The Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence
Points of Interest Samuel Slater's Mill in Pawtucket and the General Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry and Block Island
Bordering States Rhode Island borders Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut, and New York (water border).
Flag Rhode Island's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Rhode Island from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Rhode Island
    http://www.50states.com/rdisland.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Rhode Island. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Rhode Island
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/RI/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Rhode Island's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Rhode Island Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/ri.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Rhode Island.
  • What Did You Do in the War, Grandma
    http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/tocCS.html
    This site preserves an oral history of Rhode Island women during World War II, conducted and recorded in the Spring of 1989 by students of the South Kingstown (RI) High School Honors English Program.
  • Rhode Island History
    http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/studteaguide/RhodeIslandHistory/rodehist.html
    This page of the Student/Teacher Guide online resource site makes available the history of Rhode Island in nine online chapters, taken from the Rhode Island Manual.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Rhode Island
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/44000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Rhode Island.
  • RI is a primary center for jewelry manufacturing in the United States.
  • Despite its dense population, 60 percent of the state is forestland.
  • The largest manufacturer of silverware in the world is in Providence. The plant from the early 1800's.
  • In 1524 the Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano, while sailing for France, was the first European to explore Rhode Island. By comparing Block Island with the Mediterranean island Rhodes, he accidentally gave it its name.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Harry Anderson (1951- ), actor and magician. He starred in the sit-com Night Court.
  • H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft (1890-1937), author. He wrote the book Necronomicon and was interested in science fiction and supernatural stories.
  • Bobby (Robert Leo) Hackett (1915-1976), jazz trumpeter.
  • Roger Williams (1603-1683). He was a Puritan leader and the founder of Rhode Island.