Rhode Island History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Ocean State

Great Seal of the State of Rhode Island

Adoptedin 1875.

The Great Seal of the state of Rhode Island was adopted in 1875. In 1897, Rhode Island became the third of the original thirteen colonies to formally adopt a state flag. (New York and New Jersey adopted their flags in 1896.) It also ranks among the most unique and elegant state flags.

The design consists of a white field, or background, with a golden anchor. Beneath the anchor is a blue ribbon with the motto "HOPE"in gold letters. The anchor and motto are surrounded by thirteen stars in a circle, representing the thirteen original states.

From its beginnings, Rhode Island has been distinguished by its support for freedom of conscience and action: Clergyman Roger Williams founded the present state capital, Providence, after being exiled by the Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans in 1636. Williams was followed by other religious exiles who founded Pocasset, now Portsmouth, in 1638 and Newport in 1639.

Rhode Island's rebellious, authority-defying nature was further demonstrated by the burnings of the British revenue cutters Liberty and Gaspee prior to the Revolution; by its early declaration of independence from Great Britain in May 1776; by its refusal to participate actively in the War of 1812; and by Dorr's Rebellion of 1842, which protested property requirements for voting.

Capital City: Providence

Capitol Tour

Rhode Island: State of Rhode Island Official Web site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports Map | Airport Links

Amtrak: Northeast

Area: 1545 sq.mi, 50th   Land 1045 sq. mi., 50th   Water 500 sq.mi., 41st   Coastline 40 mi.,19th   Shoreline 384 mi., 20th

Area Codes: Rhode Island

Biographies: Famous People from Rhode Island

Bird: The Rhode Island state bird 

Border States: Regional List   Connecticut   Massachusetts   New York (water border)

Cam World: Live Web Cams

Cities & Towns: Rhode Island

Climate: Rhode Island

Community Pages: Rhode Island Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 13th State

County Profile: County Map   5 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Rhode Island News Headlines

Department of: Education | Certification  | Brown University Providence. | University of Rhode Island

Driving: DMV

Economy: Agriculture: Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.  Industry: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, tourism.

Flag: Rhode Island (RI)

Flower: Violet   Viola

Cyndi's List   Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Kent, 1 mile southsouthwest of Crompton

Geology Maps: Rhode Island

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill; 812 feet, 46th

Highways: Rhode Island Highways

History: History Timeline   Rhode Island Early History  

Hotels, Motels & Inns:

Kids Corner: Rhode Island Kids Site

Library: Rhode Island 

License Plates: Rhode Island

Lighthouses: Beavertail | Castle Hill | Northeast Block Island | Southeast Block Island

Lottery: Rhode Island

Lowest Point: Atlanticcoast; Atlantic Ocean, sea level, 3rd


Media: Radio   TV


Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Rhode Island possibly named in honor of the Greek Island of Rhodes or was named Roode Eylandt by Adriaen Block, Dutch explorer, because of its red clay.

New England: States

Population: Quick facts   1,048,319; 43rd, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Rhode Island City, Town & Community

Representatives: Rhode Island House: Members  Rhode Island Senate: Members  US House:   110th Congress  US Senate:   110th Congress

Road Side America: Rhode Island

School Directory: Rhode Island

Soil: Rhode Island - Narragansett

Song: Rhode Island  • 

Sports: Rhode Island Teams

State Parks: Rhode Island - Official tourism guide to the Rhode Island park system.

Tourism: www.visitrhodeisland.com

Travel: Rhode Island Travel

Tree: Red Maple   Acer rubrum  

Veteran Affairs: Bristol, Rhode Island

Visitor Guides: Rhode Island The Official Rhode Island Tourism Division Site.

Weather: Providence, Green State Airport

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