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Rhode Island (/rd/ (About this soundlisten)), officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest state in area, the seventh least populous, and is the second most densely populated. It has the longest official name of any state. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.

On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. The state boycotted the 1787 convention which drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it; it was the last of the states to do so on May 29, 1790.

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Coffee milk is a drink similar to chocolate milk which uses coffee syrup instead of chocolate syrup. It is the official state drink of Rhode Island in the United States of America. Coffee milk was introduced to Rhode Island sometime in the early 1930s. It came about from diner and drugstore operators trying to attract new customers with creative drinks. One of these now-anonymous operators sweetened leftover coffee grounds with milk and sugar. This created a molasses-like extract that became popular. Coffee milk became a favorite among Rhode Islanders and created a demand for this coffee syrup. The demand was so great that it beat out Del's Lemonade in 1993 as the official drink of Rhode Island. In southeastern New England, it can be found in the dairy case of stores right next to other flavored milks such as chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, and is often found on the beverage menus of diners throughout the state.

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A baseball game at McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, May 7, 2002.
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