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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. Despite being called Rhode Island in common usage, 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 original 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 inland area is covered by salt water. In addition, no area of the state is more than a thirty-minute drive from the water's edge (under normal traffic conditions). Rhode Island is unofficially referred to as Little Rhody.

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Anne Hutchinson, born Anne Marbury (1591–1643), was a Puritan woman, spiritual adviser, mother of 15, and important participant in the Antinomian Controversy that shook the infant Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1636 to 1638. Her strong religious convictions were at odds with the established Puritan clergy in the Boston area, and her popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans' religious experiment in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony with many of her supporters. She and many of her supporters had encouragement from Providence founder Roger Williams and established the settlement of Portsmouth in what became the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. After her husband's death, she moved to New Netherland near an ancient landmark called Split Rock in what later became The Bronx in New York City. Here all but one of the 16 members of her household were massacred by Siwanoy Indians, the only survivor being her nine-year old daughter Susanna, who was taken captive. Her well-publicized trials and the accusations against her make Hutchinson the most famous—or infamous—English woman in colonial American history.

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Well, the last chunk of ice that broke off was about the size of the state of Rhode Island. Some people might call that pretty sensational.
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Jerimoth Hill is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, at 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. It was formerly controversial due to property complications, but it is now accessible to the public on weekends.
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Jerimoth Hill is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, at 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. It was formerly controversial due to property complications, but it is now accessible to the public on weekends.

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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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