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Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state in land area (48 miles long by 37 miles wide<ref>http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/regions/index.aspx</ref>) and one of the original thirteen colonies. Its area is 1,214 square miles, less than one-seventh the size of New Jersey.

Its official name is actually “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”<ref>http://www.sec.state.ri.us/library/riinfo/riinfo/knowrhode</ref> So, even though it is the smallest state in the United States, it has the longest name.

Providence, the capital of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams. It was the first government in the world to be founded on the principles of religious liberty, and separation of church and state. This was very different from the situation in Boston, which was ruled by the Puritan theocracy. Quakers, for example, were welcome in Rhode Island but not permitted in Boston. For a while the Quakers controlled the colony of Rhode Island, and took an active part in King Phillips War.

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Interesting facts about Rhode Island

  • Shortly after the American Revolution Rhode Island imposed high taxes in interstate commerce and required its residents to use paper money
  • Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain
  • The first Baptist Church in America was founded in 1671 Providence, Rhode Island.
  • The two state capitals in the United States that are the closest to each other are Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts (42 miles; 50 miles by highway).

Rhode Island is on the Naughty State List

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Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state in land area (48 miles long by 37 miles wide<ref>http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/regions/index.aspx</ref>) and one of the original thirteen colonies. Its area is 1,214 square miles, less than one-seventh the size of New Jersey.

Its official name is actually “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”<ref>http://www.sec.state.ri.us/library/riinfo/riinfo/knowrhode</ref> So, even though it is the smallest state in the United States, it has the longest name.

Providence, the capital of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams. It was the first government in the world to be founded on the principles of religious liberty, and separation of church and state. This was very different from the situation in Boston, which was ruled by the Puritan theocracy. Quakers, for example, were welcome in Rhode Island but not permitted in Boston. For a while the Quakers controlled the colony of Rhode Island, and took an active part in King Phillips War.

Politics

Interesting facts about Rhode Island

  • Shortly after the American Revolution Rhode Island imposed high taxes in interstate commerce and required its residents to use paper money
  • Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain
  • The first Baptist Church in America was founded in 1671 Providence, Rhode Island.
  • The two state capitals in the United States that are the closest to each other are Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts (42 miles; 50 miles by highway).

Rhode Island is on the Naughty State List

See Also

References

<references/>

Find the corresponding Survival Podcast episode

Relevant TSP Episodes

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