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State Adminstrator - Marie Miller

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Capital: Providence

Flower: Violet

Tree: Red Maple

Bird: Rhode Island Red

Song: "Rhode Island's It for Me"

Fish: Striped Bass Mineral: Bowenite

Fruit: Rhode Island Greening Apple

Nicknames: The Ocean State, Little Rhody

Entered Union: May 29, 1790

It is unclear how Aquidneck Island came to be known as Rhode Island, although there are two popular theories.

The explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, in 1524 noted the presence of an island near the mouth of Narragansett Bay, which he likened to the Greek island of Rhodes. However, subsequent European explorers were unable to precisely identify the island that Verrazzano had named. Nevertheless, the Pilgrims who later colonized the area assumed that Verrazzano's "Rhodes" was Aquidneck.

A second theory concerns the fact that Adriaen Block, during his expeditions in the 1610's, passed by Aquidneck, described in a 1625 account of his travels as "an island of reddish appearance" (in 17th-century Dutch, "een rodlich Eylande"). Historians have theorized that this "reddish appearance" resulted from either red autumn foliage or red clay on portions of the shore.


Our neighbors are: Connecticut, Massachusetts


On Line Data


Counties of Rhode Island

All of these Counties have Data on them

Formed: 1747
County Seat: Bristol

Formed: 1750
County Seat: East Greenwich
Formed: 1703
County Seat: Newport
Formed: 1703
County Seat: Providence
Formed: 1781
County Seat: South Kingstown


Important Places
Rhode Island-TTTP list on RootsWeb Rhode Island list on RootsWeb
Rhode Island Genealogical Society Rhode Island State Constitution


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