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Rhode Island

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. Officially called "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," Rhode Island is one of the six New England states and one of the original 13 states of the Union, entering in 1790. It is the smallest state in area in the country. Rhode Island's flower is the violet, and the capital is Providence. The name "Rhode Island" is credited to Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano who compared the nearby island Block Island to Rhodes in Greece. Later Williams thought that Verrazano had been referring to island where they had settled and began calling the island Rhode Island.

Block Island Light, Block Island, RI

Block Island Light, Block Island, RI

Block Island Sunset, Block Island, RI

Block Island Sunset, Block Island, RI

Block Island, RI - Lighthouse

Block Island Light, Block Island, Rhode Islandchighsmith

Mitchell Farm, BlockIsland, RI

Mitchell Farm, BlockIsland, RI

Narragansett Bay, RI - Point Judith

Point Judith, Rhode Island

Narragansett Bay, RI - Point Judith Light

Point Judith Light Narragansett Bay, RI

National Hotel, Block Island, Rhode Islandchighsmith

National Hotel, Block Island, Rhode Islandchighsmith

Newport, RI - Rose Island Lighthouse

Newport, RI - Rose Island Lighthouse

Newport, RI - Rose Island Lighthouse

Newport, RI - Rose Island Lighthouse

Pawtucket, RI - Modern Diner

Pawtucket, RI - Modern Diner

Point Judith, RI - Lighthouse

Point Judith, RI - Lighthouse

Providence, RI - U.S. Courthouse

Providence, RI - U.S. Courthouse

Providence, RI Union Station

Providence, RI Union Station

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Islandchighsmith

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Islandchighsmith

Sunset at Watch Hill, RI

Sunset at Watch Hill, RI