50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Rhode Island State to Know Story

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Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Rhode Island State to Know Story

There are hundreds of interesting and fun facts about Rhode Island state to learn, including...

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Rhode Island Fun Facts

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It had the longest state name

While it's most commonly just called "Rhode Island" the state's name is much longer. For...

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Central Falls is tiny

Central Falls is the smallest of the small, spanning a little over one square mile...

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Rhode Islanders invented coffee milk

If you visit Rhode Island, you have to try the official state drink. Coffee milk...

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It's nicknamed the "Ocean State"

Nicknames are fun and this state is no exception. Rhode Island's state nickname is the...

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Block Island Wind Farm was revolutionary

As the first offshore wind farm, Block Island Wind Farm led the way for renewable...

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Aquidneck Island is the state's largest land mass

Rhode Island isn't made up of just one land mass. The state has multiple islands...

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You can find sharks in Narragansett Bay

People who have seen the movie "Jaws" may not think this fact about Rhode Island...

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Green Animals Topiary Garden has been open for years

Green Animals Topiary Gardens isn't just one of the most unique attractions in the state,...

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Acceptance is important at Brown University

Brown University is known for being one the few colleges in the country to reach...

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It has a one-word motto

Like every other state in the country, there's an official Rhode Island state motto. Most...

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The National Lawn Tennis Championship is historic

As a sport, tennis can be traced back to 1873 in France. But it would...

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The USA's first polo field was in Rhode Island

Polo may have never become a sensation among the general population, but it's always been...

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Rhode Islanders voted for some state symbols

To decide on the state's symbols, Rhode Island legislation has often turned to its citizens...

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It's the second-most Italian state

Another fun fact about Rhode Island is it's a very "Italian" state. Roughly 18% of...

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Interesting Facts About Rhode Island

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It's a densely populated state

One of the puzzling state facts about Rhode Island is the density of the population...

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The highest point isn't that tall

To many, Jerimoth Hill is just a small, natural elevation in Foster, Rhode Island. What...

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Newport has a historic tavern

The White Horse Tavern in Newport is largely considered to be the oldest and longest-running...

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Violets are a Rhode Island symbol

In 1897, the local governments tasked schoolchildren with the responsibility of choosing the Rhode Island...

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There are multiple lagoons

Though Rhode Island has access to the Atlantic Ocean, it's surrounded by shallow coastal waters...

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There are protected beaches

As a coastal state, it shouldn't be surprising that many Rhode Island state parks include...

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It's the sailing capital

Newport, Rhode Island has a longstanding history of sailing. Since the 1700s, it's been a...

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Rhode Island was an original colony

Surprisingly, one of the least-known facts about Rhode Island is that it was one of...

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It took years for the maple to become a symbol

In the late-1800s, voting for the Rhode Island state tree began. The red maple was...

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It's tinier than you might think

Everyone knows that Rhode Island is a small state. It's even been joked about in...

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President Kennedy got married in Newport

In 1953, John F. Kennedy's marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier made national and international headlines. At...

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Historical Facts About Rhode Island

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British troops landed in Newport

If you're a history lover searching for interesting Rhode Island facts, keep reading. You'll learn...

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Providence Plantations was the first settlement

When explorers and colonists came to America, Rhodes Island remained uninhabited by Europeans. That changed...

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The first African-American regiment fought here

The 1st Rhode Island Regiment is historically regarded as the first troop made up of...

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Roger Williams founded the territory

Without Roger Williams, you likely wouldn't be reading this list of Rhode Island facts and...

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Providence is home to the first Baptist church in America

The Baptist Christian religion can be traced back to Holland in the early 1600s. English...

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The state contributed to World War II

When the US joined World War II, it was expected that every state would contribute...

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Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European

Before colonists came to America, explorers traveled across the sea to investigate the "New World"...

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Cool Facts About Rhode Island

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The flag was designed in the 1800s

The Rhode Island state flag might have a simple design, but it's also memorable and...

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A statue tops the capitol

Sitting atop the Rhode Island state capitol, you'll see the statue of a man. Though...

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An architectural marvel is in Providence

A list of cool facts about Rhode Island wouldn't be complete without mentioning the capitol...

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It has the longest-running Independence Day celebration

Independence Day is arguably the most important holiday in the USA. All over the country...

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The Industrial Revolution began in Rhode Island

The Industrial Revolution changed the way people were able to work. It sped up the...

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Unique Facts About Rhode Island

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The first diner opened in Rhode Island

Diners are found all over the country. New Jersey is even famous for having more...

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A Rhode Island governor popularized sideburns

Sideburns wouldn't have become the popular facial hair trend they were in the 70s and...

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A Rhode Islander made the modern sprinkler system

Fire sprinklers revolutionized the way flames were extinguished by helping keep them under control while...

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The first traffic violation was sentenced in Rhode Island

In 1904, traffic history was made. In Newport, Rhode Island, a man was sentenced to...

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There's a schoolhouse from 1716

If you're into Rhode Island history facts, you'll be interested to know that the oldest...

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Weird Facts About Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Red was bred here

You might be surprised to find out that the Rhode Island state bird is a...

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It only borders two states

Since Rhode Island is a small state on the coast, it doesn't share many state...

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The first golf tournament was held here

Winning the US Open is one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles golfers can...

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No one knows why it's named Rhode Island

In most cases, you can find the name origins of most of the states in...

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Important Facts About Rhode Island

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The USA's oldest library is here

In the heart of historic Newport, Rhode Island, you'll find the picturesque Redwood Library and...

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It was the first colony to declare Independence

Another Rhode Island fact is that it was the first colony to declare independence from...

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The Bill of Rights was added because of Rhode Island

Though Rhode Island was one of the first colonies in North America, it was the...

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The state almost lost its mammals

Today, Rhode Island has a diverse population of animals both on land and underwater. However...

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In Summary

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