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Moving to Rhode Island
Rhode Island is probably most famous for its petite size. It was one of the original thirteen colonies and the last of the thirteen to become a state. The state was either named for the Isle of Rhodes (in the Mediterranean Sea) or for its red clay. The Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block, may have named it in Dutch "Rood Eylandt" meaning Red Island. Rhode Island has over 400 miles of coastland. Four seasons of beauty are enjoyed with moderate climate. Average temperatures in January are in the 30° F range and in July, 72° F.
Rhode Island became the 13th state on May 29, 1790. With a land area of 1,545 square miles square miles, it is the smallest state in the USA. Tiny Rhode Island has a population (as of 2000) of just over one million people placing it the 43rd most populous state in the nation. Major industries are textiles, jewelry, rubber products, machinery, and tourism.
Now that you are moving to Rhode Island, impress your family and friends with these fun facts:
State Capital and largest city is Providence.
State Nicknames: The Ocean State and Little Rhody.
State Motto: "Hope."
Measuring the greatest distances between this state's borders: From north to south is 48 miles, and from east to west, 37 miles.
Rhode Island has no county government. It is divided into 39 municipalities each having its own form of local government.
The first circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.
hode Island was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899.
Polo was played for the first time in the United States in 1876 near Newport.
Rhode Island's official state name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag" and many more.
State Song is "Rhode Island, It's for Me."
The White Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and is the oldest operating tavern in the United States.
The Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in North America. Built in 1763, the synagogue houses the oldest torah in North America.
State Bird is the Rhode Island Red.
State Flower is the Violet.
St. Mary's, Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish was founded in 1828. The church is best known as the site of the wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier to John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1953.
The first British troops sent from England to squash the revolution landed in Newport, RI.
Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment, prohibition.
Though second in command to George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, a Rhode Islander, is acknowledged by many historians as having been the most capable and significant General of the Revolutionary effort.
Rhode Island is known for making silverware and fine jewelry.
Many states have counties that are bigger than the entire state of RI.
State Drink is Coffee Milk; similar to chocolate milk but made with coffee syrup.
Enjoy your new home - Rhode Island!