Rhode Island and Native Americans

Theresa Linden

For the next stage of our tour, we head to Rhode Island. Okay, wait a minute . . .

I get out my map. If the state is connected to the rest of the continent, why is it called an island? My map gives me no answers, so I ask Google and find this:

The official name of the state of Rhode Island is actually “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” While the whole state is not an island, the official Rhode Island is the island commonly referred to today as Aquidneck Island. So Rhode Island refers to Aquidneck Island, while Providence Plantations refers to the mainland portion of the state. ~www.answers.com

Okay, that makes sense. Let’s move on to a few fun facts:

  • Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 states
  • It is the second most densely populated state, behind New Jersey.
  • It was the fourth…

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