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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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Westminster Arcade
Westminster Arcade is a historic shopping center in Providence, Rhode Island built in 1828. It is notable as the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States and has been lauded as a fine example of commercial Greek Revival architecture. It served as a shopping center for many years before falling into decline in the late 20th century. It has since been closed for renovation and rehabilitation several times, and most recently reopened its doors in October 2013 as a residential and commercial mixed-use building. At the time of the Arcade's opening, there were few retail stores on the west side of the Providence River; most shopping was located on the east side or Cheapside district. It was slow to attract customers and was known as "Butler's Folly" for many years because of its distance from the retail districts. This changed when a fashionable hat shop opened next door which attracted wealthy female customers to the neighborhood. After that, Westminster Street and downtown developed into a major shopping area. The Arcade was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and is located at 130 Westminster Street and 65 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence.

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The Mount Hope Bridge is a two-lane suspension bridge spanning the Mount Hope Bay in eastern Rhode Island, at one of the narrowest gaps in Narragansett Bay.  The bridge connects the Rhode Island towns of Portsmouth and Bristol, and is part of Route 114.
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The Mount Hope Bridge is a two-lane suspension bridge spanning the Mount Hope Bay in eastern Rhode Island, at one of the narrowest gaps in Narragansett Bay. The bridge connects the Rhode Island towns of Portsmouth and Bristol, and is part of Route 114.

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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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