Where Did Rhode Island Get Its Name?

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Rhode Island got its name from a Dutch explorer who called it 'Roodt Eylandt.' The words mean red island and was in reference to the red clay that was prominent and which surrounded the shoreline. The name Rhone Island later became an English name, when the state was ruled by the British. You can find more information here: http://www.netstate.com/states/intro/ri_intro.htm
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There are two possibilities as to where Rhode Island got its name. One possibility is it was named for the Isle of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea or for the red clay that is found
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It is an Anglicised form of the Dutch West India Company name for the area which they called Red Island or Roodt Eyelandt.
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The official explanation by the State of Rhode Island is that Adriaen Block named the area "Roodt Eylandt" meaning "red island" in reference to the red clay that
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Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano compared the size of Block Island to the
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