Posted by: Ron DuBour | November 10, 2014

Discovering America~RHODE ISLAND~by rldubour

Monday!! time to move along to another great state in America, ( in alpha order) today we visit that smallest state in the union.



Nicknamed the~~ Ocean State
The state motto is simply~~ Hope.
For the origin of this state’s name
At the bottom read the note.


The residents are called Rhode Islanders
The official rock is the~~ Cumberlandite.
The state tree is the Red Maple
And the mineral is the official~~ Bowenite.


Roger Williams the founder of Rhode Island
His vision of freedom he would teach.
Banned from Plymouth, Massachusetts
For views on his religion and his speech.


The Whitehorse Tavern is the oldest tavern
In the nation since 1673 and operating still!
In Pawtucket in 1790, Samuel Slater constructed
The first water-powered cotton mill.


The first Afro-American regiment fought
With honor, pride and grace.
And the Quonset hut was invented at
The Quonset Naval Reserve Base.


The Touro Synagogue is the oldest Synagogue
In North America was built in 1763.
And in Bristol since 1785 is the longest running
July 4th celebrations in our nation’s history.


In Warren, the oldest Masonic Temple built
From sunken British frigates beams.
And in Portsmouth in 1716 is the oldest school
House in the country it does seem.


Little Compton is the gravesite

of the first Baby girl born to

Pilgrims of New England.

In1638 the first Baptist Church

in America Was built in

Providence, Rhode Island.


Rhode Island never ratified the 18th
Amendment, there was no debate.
And being 48 miles wide and only 37 miles
Long, Rhode Island is the smallest state!


George Michael Cohan and Gilbert Stuart
The famous names are saved for last.
Lajoie and Hackett and Julia Howe
Harry Anderson and H.P. Lovecraft.
Statehood, May 29, 1790 the 13th state.
Capital is Providence.

Origin of State Name: The name’s origin is disputed; some claim it comes from the Mediterranean island of Rhodes while
others say it derives from the Dutch words Roodt Eylandt, meaning Red Island.
Nickname for State: The Ocean State. Rhode Island is nicknamed the Ocean State to promote recreation and tourism along
its coasts.  State Bird: Rhode Island Red Chicken, State Flower: Violet
In 1953 Jacqueline Bouvier married John F Kennedy at Saint Mary’s
The first torpedo Stiletto was built in Bristol in 1887. In 1676 the Cogswell Tower was used by the Indians as an observation post,
In the Kings Phillips War at Central Falls.  I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy and You’re a grand old flag wrote in 1878 by George Cohen.  Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to join the union when they entered.
In 1774 in Newport the first circus in the United States in the big top it was centered.
Little Compton is where the first baby girl born to colonist in New England to pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden.
The Battle of Rhode Island, the first Afro-American regiment against the British took place.
The ramifications of the 18th Amendment, which will live on to be remembered as “Prohibition.”



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