Giovanni da Verrazzano gave Rhode Island its name in 1524. He called the region Rhode Island because it reminded him of the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean.
In 1524, da Verrazzano wrote a letter that referred to Block Island as a variation of the name Rhode Island. After that letter, the next recorded usage of the name came in 1637 when Roger Williams wrote a letter calling the area "Rode Island" At that time, Rode Island in Greek was an "isle of Roses."
The name for the state was officially adopted in 1644, and the "Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" was made official by King Charles II.Learn More
Rhode Island was founded to be a haven primarily for New Englanders like the Anabaptists and Quakers, who were unwelcome in the Puritan-ruled enclaves of Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Plantation. It was the first American colony founded on the principle of separation of church and state.Full Answer >
The capital of Rhode Island is Providence. The city was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams. With a population of 177,994 as of the 2010 census, it is the third-largest city in New England. The metropolitan area of Providence has a population of more than 1.6 million.Full Answer >
Water is Rhode Island's most abundant natural resource, according to the State of Rhode Island. Narragansett Bay gives Rhode Island an open door to trade from the Atlantic Ocean. The State of Rhode Island notes that little of Rhode Island's soil in tenable. Sixty percent of the land is forested, but most of the timber is not of commercial value.Full Answer >
Rhode Island is home to many landforms, including Jerimoth Hill, an 812-foot mountain that is the state’s highest point, and the popular summer tourist destination known as Block Island. Because it is a coastal state, Rhode Island boasts more than 400 miles of rocky shoreline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.Full Answer >