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
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
Read about the Rhode Island State Quarter and print out the color page.
Stories to Read
Old Stormalong and the Octopus