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Rhode Island

13th State (May 29, 1790), the northeast U.S. New England Region.

State Abbreviation: RI

Nickname: The Ocean State (official), Little Rhody, The Plantation State, The Smallest State, Land of Roger Williams, The Southern Gateway to New England.

Origin of name: From the Greek Island of Rhodes.

Named by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He named it "Roodt Eylandt" meaning "red island" in reference to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later anglicized when the region came under British rule.

How Rhode Island Got Its Name


Rhode Island State:

Capital: Providence
Motto: "Hope"
Rhode Island State Seal
Beverage: Coffee milk
Bird: Rhode Island Red chicken
Fish: Striped Bass
Flower: The Violet
Folk Art: Charles I.D. Looff Carousel
Fruit: Greening Apple
Mineral: Bowenite
Rock: Cuberlandite
Shell: Quahog
Song: "Rhode Island It's For Me"
Tree: Red Maple


Rhode Island State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

Things to Know

Rhode Island is one of the original 13 colonies.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union.

Rhode Island has the longest official name of any of the states: "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations".
History of Rhode Island

Rhode Island is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long. It is notable that its shoreline on Narragansett Bay in the Atlantic Ocean runs for 400 miles. Nearly one tenth of Rhode Island's inland area is covered by salt water, in Rhode Island you are never far from the coast.

Fort Adams is the largest coastal fortification in the U.S.

Roger Williams was an English clergyman who, in 1636, found the first permanent European settlement in Rhode Island. This settlement, called "Providence Plantations" was the first organized colony in America to be founded on the principles of freedom of thought and worship.

Major River: Sakonnet River
Major Lake: Scituate Reservoir
Bordering Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound.
Narragansett Bay is an estuary ( a partially enclosed body of water along the coast where freshwater from rivers and streams meets and mixes with salt water from the ocean).

Famous Rhode Islanders

Nathanael Greene: Revolutionary War general and George Washington's second in command.

Anne Hutchinson: The first woman to participate in the founding of a town in America-Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Gilbert Stuart painted portraits and is considered America's foremost portraitists. He painted the portrait of George Washington that is printed on the $1 bill.

Nap Lajoie: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Games to Play

Rhode Island State Symbols Matching Game

The toymaker Hasbro is located in Pawtucket RI. Hasbro is one of the largest toy makers and board games makers in the world. Play Hasbro games online.
(A few of the toys made by Hasbro: G.I. Joe, Lincoln Logs, Sesame Street, Mr. Potato Hear, Tinkertoys, Transformers, Pound Puppies.) Hasbro Brand List.

Things to Do

Rhode Island color pages

Rhode Island Flag color page

Rhode Island State Quarter
Read about the Rhode Island State Quarter and print out the color page.

Stories to Read

Old Stormalong and the Octopus



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