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Rhode Island, the "Ocean State" "Little Rhody"

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The exact origin of the state name is unknown. Roger Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of Providence in what is today known as Rhode Island after their banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams believed in the importance of liberty of conscience, which became an important principle in the founding of Rhode Island and ultimately in the founding of the United States. Rhode Island is the 13th of the original states of the Union (1790). Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States.  In spite of its size (3,140 sq. km), it is nevertheless an important industrial state.  Rhode Island lies on beautiful Narragansett Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean.  Tourists come to Rhode Island coastal resorts each summer to enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports.  The annual Newport Music Festival is held in late July and early August.

Die genaue Herkunft des Namens ist unbekannt. Roger Williams und eine Gruppe religiöser Anhänger gründeten den Ort Providence in der Region des heutigen Rhode Island, nachdem sie aus der Massachusetts Bay Colony verbannt worden waren. Williams glaubte an die Freiheit des Gewissens, und dies wurde ein wichtiger Grundsatz in der Gründung von Rhode Island und letztendlich der Vereinigten Staaten. Rhode Island war der 13. Staat, der sich der Union anschloss (1790). Rhode Island ist der kleinste Bundesstaat der Vereinigten Staaten. Trotz seiner geringen Größe (3.140 Quadratkilometer) gehört er zu den wichtigen Industriestaaten. Rhode Island liegt an der wunderschönen Bucht Narragansett Bay, einem Meeresarm des Atlantik. Im Sommer kommen viele Touristen zum Bootfahren, Angeln und zum Ausüben anderer Wassersportarten in die Seebäder Rhode Islands. Das jährliche Newport Music Festival findet Ende Juli und Anfang August statt.

Governor: Donald Carcieri, R (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Jack Reed, D (to Jan. 2015); Sheldon Whitehouse, D (Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 2 districts |
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Population (July 2005):
1,076,000; National Rank: 43; Percent change since April 2000: 2.7%
Land Area: 1,045 sq mi. (2,706 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est): Providence, 176,862; Warwick, 87,233; Cranston, 81,614; Pawtucket, 73,742; East Providence, 49,515; Woonsocket, 44,328; Newport, 25,340; Central Falls, 19,159

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 43.8
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$36,153; National Rank: 13
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
1,269; National Rank: 45
Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.
Industry: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, tourism.

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· Rhode Island Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Rhode Island
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Rhode Island

· Rhode Island - Regional Accounts Data (Bureau of Economic Analysis, DoC)


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