A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Rhode Island is inspirational.  Rhode Island was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on May 29, 1790.  Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776.  It later became the last of the Thirteen Colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.  Rhode Island’s nickname is The Ocean State.  Its official name is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  This smallest state in area has the country’s longest official name.


Rhode Island is in the New England region of the United States.  Rhode Island is bordered by Massachusetts to the north and east.  Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean are to the south of the state.  Connecticut is at its western border. It, also, shares a maritime border, between Block Island and Long Island, with the state of New York.


Roger Williams settled in Rhode Island in 1636 after another colony banished him for his religious views.  Other religious dissenters joined him in 1638.  This settlement, Portsmouth, was governed by the Portsmouth Compact.  The settlement of Newport came next.  Growth continued.  Slaves were introduced to the area and it became a significant participant in the slave trade.  Later, during the American Revolution Rhode Island had the first African-American military unit to fight for the United States.  During the Civil War, Rhode Island was the first state to send troops to support the Union.


Rhode Island has five counties, however the state has no county governments.    Municipalities handle local government affairs.  There are 39 cities and towns.  These are divided into villages as well.  Services are a big part of the economy today.  Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, and one of the country’s largest banks have headquarters in Rhode Island.  Health services followed by tourism and manufacturing are the state’s largest industries.  Agricultural outputs are nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, and eggs.


Rhode Island has beaches, lowlands, hilly areas, and forests.  The state’s 30 islands are led in size by Aquidneck Island.  The state is between humid subtropical and humid, continental climates.  Summers are warm and rainy.  Winters are considered chilly.


Rhode Island is known for its seafood and some foods unique to the state.  Small hot dogs called hot wieners, snail salad, grinders, johnnycakes, and pizza strips are a few.  Rhode Island Clam Chowder was a version of clam chowder developed by Portuguese immigrants.  The clam cake has become a culinary tradition in Rhode Island.


Films, television, literature, culture, and history have all been impacted by Rhode Island.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!



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