Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. Its full name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Rhode Island (pronounced "Roe Die-land" by natives) is part of the New England region, and was one of the thirteen colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution.
It was founded by Roger Williams as a place of religious freedom for Baptist settlers. Historically, the land of Rhode Island is unique because it was purchased twice, once from the King of England, and once from the Native American tribes which lived on the land.
It has miles of white ocean beaches, great ethnic food, a reputation for organized crime, and friendly natives who tend to drive terribly. The state is the former home of the Rhode Island Reds, a defunct minor league hockey team.
Smithfield, R.I. is home of Bryant College, a prestigious business school; Providence, the oldest city in the state, is the home of Providence College and Brown University. The less-prestigious state university, the University of Rhode Island, is located in Kingston in the southern part of the state.
Also, the island for which the state of Rhode Island is named. (The mainland part of the state Rhode Island is the "Providence Plantations".)
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