1. A state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies; the smallest state; Also called: Little Rhody, Ocean State.
2. One of the British colonies that formed the United States.
Smallest state of the us, in New England; nicknamed Little Rhody or the Ocean State
Area 3,100 sq km/1,197 sq mi
Population (1990) 1,003,500
Towns and cities Cranston, Newport, Woonsocket
Features Narragansett bay, one of the greatest sailing centers in the world, home of America’s Cup yacht races; Block Island; 640 km/400 mi of coastline; Newport, with colonial waterfront and 19th-century mansions, the summer “cottages” of the wealthiest families in America, including The Breakers (1895), built by Cornelius Vanderbilt ii, Marble House (1892), and Chateau-sur-Mer (1851–52); Hammersmith Farm, the childhood summer home of Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy and site of her wedding reception 1953; the Friends Meeting House (1700), and the Touro Synagogue (1763), in Newport, both the oldest in the us; Slater Mill historic site, Pawtucket; state capitol with marble dome, Providence; Narragansett American Indian monument at Sprague Park; Charlestown, with Native American church and burial ground; us Naval War College and Museum, Newport; Brown University (1764); Rhode Island School of Design (1877); International Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame and Tennis Museum, Newport
Industries electronics, machine tools, jewelry, textiles, silverware, rubber, and plastics. Agriculture is limited by the rocky terrain but is important in rural areas, the main crops being apples and potatoes. Rhode Island Red hens were developed here from the 19th century
Famous people George M Cohan, Anne Hutchinson, Matthew C Perry, Oliver Hazard Perry, Gilbert Stuart, Roger Williams
History founded 1636 by Roger Williams, exiled from Massachusetts Bay colony for religious dissent; one of the original 13 states. The principle trends in the 19th century were industrialization, immigration, and urbanization. Rhode Island is highly industrialized and the second most densely populated state; it suffers from high unemployment, low-wage manufacturing industries, and susceptibility to recessions.
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