Rhode Island State Symbols

Rhode Island State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Rhode Island Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

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.

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)
Appetizer Calamari
Bird Rhode Island Red
Drink Coffee Milk
Fish Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Flag State Flag
Flagship & Tall Ship "USS Providence" Replica
Flower Violet
(Viola sororia)
Fruit Rhode Island greening (Apple)
(Malus domestica)
Insect American burying beetle
March "Rhode Island"
Words and music by T. Clark Brown
Marine mammal Harbor seal
Mineral Bowenite
Motto Hope
Nicknames "Ocean State"
Quarter Rhode Island State Quarter
Rock Cumberlandite
Sailing Educational Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Seal Great Seal
Shell Quahaug
(Mercenaria mercenaria)
Song "Rhode Island's it For Me"
Tartan The state of Rhode Island tartan
Tree Red Maple
(Acer rubrum)
Yacht Courageous, US-12/26
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