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Rhode Island is actually surrounded by land on 3 sides. However, much of life in the state still focuses on the water. Popular outdoor activities include boating and fishing as well as hiking, biking, hunting, and golfing. Although Rhode Island is the smallest state in America, it has much to offer students that study here.
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 bird is the Rhode Island red, 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.
Rhode Island State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Rhode Island state facts such as Rhode Island state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Rhode Island, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Rhode Island State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|Insect||American burying beetle - July 9, 2015|
|American Folk Art||Charles I.D. Looff Carousel
(Crescent Park Carousel)
|Bird||Rhode Island Red|
|Flagship & Tall Ship||"USS Providence" Replica|
|Fruit||Rhode Island greening (Apple)
|Insect||American burying beetle|
Words and music by T. Clark Brown
|Quarter||Rhode Island State Quarter|
|Sailing Educational Vessel||SSV Oliver Hazard Perry|
|Song||"Rhode Island's it For Me"|
|Tartan||The state of Rhode Island tartan|