The State of Rhode Island is geographically the smallest state in the United States.
It is bounded by Massachusetts (N and E), the Atlantic Ocean (S) and Connecticut (W).
Rhode (pronounced "Road") Island is part of the New England region and was one of the thirteen original American colonies that declared independence against British rule to begin the American Revolution.
The state's common name, Rhode Island, actually refers to the largest island in Narragansett Bay, also known as Aquidneck Island, on which the city of Newport is located.
Nicknamed "The Ocean State," every point in the state is within 30 miles of sea water.
Providence is the state capital and the largest city; other important cities are Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket and Newport.
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