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20 Facts About Rhode Island

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Here are some interesting facts about Rhode Island.

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The first Baptist church was built in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
Although Baptists differ in their views, the Baptist religion is an important one. It is wonderful that a religion that started in Amsterdam has grown to have millions of worshipers around the world.
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The state motto is hope. Report Abuse
What can be better than living by hope?
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The oldest library is located in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
It is the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport.
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The oldest synagogue is located in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
The Touro Synagogue was built in 1763 and holds the oldest torah in North America.
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The oldest schoolhouse in the US is located in America. Report Abuse
The school was built in 1716 and is located in Portsmouth.
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Although jazz may have its roots in the South, the first jazz festival happened in Rhode Island in 1954. Report Abuse
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Rhode Island was on the lists of sites for the United Stations. Report Abuse
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Rhode Island was the first state to have a gas illuminated street, (Pelham Street in Newport). Report Abuse
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Rhode Island has more wrecks than any other state. Report Abuse
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The offical name is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Report Abuse
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Benedict Arnold was the first governor of Rhode Island. Report Abuse
In addition, he was the great grandfather of the Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold.
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The state nicknames are: Ocean State; Little Rhody; Plantation State; Smallest State; Land of Roger Williams, and the Southern Gateway of New England. Report Abuse
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Polo was played for the first time in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
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The first American polo match was held in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
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Gilbert Stuart, a Rhode Island, created the portrait of George Washington on the one dollar bill. Report Abuse
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The first circus in America happened in Rhode Island. Report Abuse
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The first National Lawn Tennis Championship happened in Rhode Island in 1899. Report Abuse
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Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment prohibition. Report Abuse
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Rhode Island was the last of the 13 colonies to become a state. Report Abuse
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At 1,214 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. Report Abuse
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