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Did you know that the state of Rhode Island is situated in the New England region of America? Did you know that there are five counties in the U.S. state of Rhode Island? Did you know that Rhode Island is the 13th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more details, trivia and useful info - why not watch the free entertaining video it's the quick and easy way to increase your knowledge and have fun!

Fun Fact 1: The name Rhode Island originated from Dutch explorer, Adrian Block. He named the Island "Roodt Eylandt" which means Red Island and refers to the red clay that edges the shores

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of white, framed on three sides (top, bottom and right) with the color yellow. In the center 13 yellow stars, representing the original 13 colonies, circle a yellow anchor. The state motto, "Hope" is written in yellow and displayed on a blue banner positioned below the anchor

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Rhode Island is Providence

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 3,140 square kilometers or 1,214 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are three states that border Rhode Island they are; Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York (water border)

Fun Fact 6: The Rhode Island state nickname is "The Ocean State"

Fun Fact 7: Rhode Island is officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is called "Rhode Island's It for Me" the music and words of the song are by Charlie Hall

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Rhode Island are Providence, Warwick and Cranston

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Hope"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Rhode Island - In 1936 the Island was inhabited by religious exiles that came from Massachusetts. It was granted English recognition by royal charter in 1663 and became the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It became the 13th State to be admitted to the Union on May 29, 1790; it was one of the original 13 colonies of the US

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Rhode Island are - R.I. The Postal Code abbreviation is - RI

Fun Fact 13: RI state symbols include; RI state bird symbol - the Rhode Island Red. RI state flower symbol - the Violet. RI State tree - the Red Maple

Fun Fact 14: Who is Roger Williams? Roger Williams was the founder of Rhode Island. Born in London England, Roger Williams sailed to Boston arriving February 5, 1631. He was a keen supporter of religious freedom and set up a colony as refuge for religious minorities. He also set up the first Baptist church in America. In 1636 he established a new colony on Rhode Island, which at the time was called Narragansett Bay

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Rhode Island in 2012 was an estimated 1,050,292. This compares to a population of 428,556 filed on census from the year 1900

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