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.Continue Reading
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 about The Northeast
The state of Rhode Island is situated in the southern New England region of the United States. Neighboring Rhode Island are Massachusetts to the north and east, Connecticut to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.Full Answer >
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, covering 1,214 square miles. The state is 48 miles from north to south and 37 miles from east to west.Full Answer >
The state of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Williams created the first white settlement in Providence on land he purchased from the Narragansett Indians.Full Answer >
Rhode Island officially became a state on May 29, 1790, after two separate conventions were held to vote on the matter. Prior to this, the Rhode Island General Assembly had rejected 11 attempts from mercantile communities to hold a ratification convention.Full Answer >