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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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The First Baptist Church in America is the oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States, founded by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638. Williams held religious services in his home after founding Providence Plantation in 1636 before he converted his congregation into a Baptist church. For the next sixty years, the congregation met outside in nice weather or in congregants' homes. Baptists in Rhode Island through most of the 17th century declined to erect meetinghouses because they felt that buildings reflected vanity. Eventually, however, they came to see the utility of some gathering place, and they erected severely plain-style meetinghouses like the Quakers. The present church building was erected in 1774–75 and held its first meetings in May 1775. When it was built, it represented a dramatic departure from the traditional Baptist meetinghouse style. It was the first Baptist meetinghouse to have a steeple and bell, making it more like Anglican and Congregational church buildings. It is located at 75 North Main Street in Providence's College Hill neighborhood and is a National Historic Landmark.

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Political corruption is to Rhode Islanders as smog is to people who live in Los Angeles: nobody complains of its absence, but when it rolls around everyone feels right at home.
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Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence.  It is known as a New England summer resort and famous for the Newport Mansions; it is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center.
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Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. It is known as a New England summer resort and famous for the Newport Mansions; it is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center.

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