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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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Ninigret Pond in August 2009
Ninigret is a coastal lagoon in Charlestown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States, located at 41°22′45″N 71°38′43″W / 41.3792677°N 71.6453401°W / 41.3792677; -71.6453401Coordinates: 41°22′45″N 71°38′43″W / 41.3792677°N 71.6453401°W / 41.3792677; -71.6453401. It is the largest of nine such lagoons (often referred to as "salt ponds") in southern Rhode Island. It is utilized for recreational actives, as well as oyster and quahog harvesting. The pond is situated on low-lying ground and, as such, it is considered particularly vulnerable to storm surge flooding. It is connected to Green Hill Pond via a small channel. According to information compiled by the Rhode Island Sea Grant program, Ninigret Pond's watershed covers 7,645.65 acres (3,094.08 ha), of which 5,820.79 acres (2,355.59 ha) is occupied by water. The pond itself has a surface area of 1,580.38 acres (639.56 ha), while other, smaller bodies of water account for the other 244.48 acres (98.94 ha). Ninigret Pond has a salinity level of 24 parts per thousand and averages 4.3 ft (1.3 m) deep.

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To me Newport could never be a place charming by reason of its own charm. That it is a very pleasant place when it is full of people, and the people are in spirits and happy, I do not doubt. But then the visitors would bring, as far as I am concerned, the pleasantness with them.
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Doyle Avenue Historic District is a historic district which extends along Doyle Avenue from North Main Street to Hope Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The district features late 19th and early 20th century revivals and late-Victorian architecture, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
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Doyle Avenue Historic District is a historic district which extends along Doyle Avenue from North Main Street to Hope Street in Providence, Rhode Island. The district features late 19th and early 20th century revivals and late-Victorian architecture, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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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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