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The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (more commonly referred to as Rhode Island (About this sound /roʊd ˈaɪlɨnd/ )) is a state in the New England region of the United States and is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island borders Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east; it also shares a water border with New York's Long Island to the southwest. It is called Rhode Island in common usage, yet most of the state is on the continental mainland. Rhode Island was the colonial-era name for what is now commonly known as Aquidneck Island,[1] the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay which comprises the city of Newport and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth.

Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution. The state's official nickname is "The Ocean State," a reference to the fact that nearly one tenth of Rhode Island's area is bordered by salt water. In addition, no area of the state is more than a 30-minute drive from the water's edge under normal traffic conditions. Rhode Island is unofficially referred to as Little Rhody.

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Roger Williams (c. 21 December 1603 – between 27 January and 15 March 1683) was a Puritan, an English Reformed theologian, and later a Reformed Baptist. He was expelled by the Puritan leaders from the colony of Massachusetts because they thought that he was spreading "new and dangerous ideas" to his congregants. He eventually was forced to flee the Massachusetts colony under the threat of impending arrest and being shipped across the Atlantic to an English prison, walking more than 50 miles in deep snow. He purchased land from several Indian tribes and began the settlement of Providence Plantation in 1636 as a refuge offering freedom of conscience. Providence Plantation eventually merged with several other colonies to become the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and eventually the State of Rhode Island. Williams was also a student of Native American languages, an early advocate for fair dealings with American Indians, and one of the first abolitionists in North America, organizing the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the British American colonies. He is best remembered as the originator of the principle of separation of church and state.

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One hundred years after the declaration that all men are created equal, there began to gather in Newport a colony of the rich, determined to show that some Americans were conspicuously more equal than others.
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Misquamicut State Beach is a state park that stretches 7 miles from Weekapaug in the east westward to Watch Hill. Misquamicut is in southern Washington County and is part of the town of Westerly.
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Misquamicut State Beach is a state park that stretches 7 miles from Weekapaug in the east westward to Watch Hill. Misquamicut is in southern Washington County and is part of the town of Westerly.


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The Newport Bridge spanning the Narragansett Bay
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The Newport Bridge spanning the Narragansett Bay


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  1. ^ It is still officially named Rhode Island on maps and documents, but is called Aquidneck in common parlance.
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