Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state in land area (48 miles long by 37 miles wide) and one of the original thirteen colonies. Its area is 1,214 square miles, less than one-seventh the size of New Jersey.
Providence, the capital of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams. It was the first government in the world to be founded on the principles of religious liberty, and separation of church and state. This was very different from the situation in Boston, which was ruled by the Puritan theocracy. Quakers, for example, were welcome in Rhode Island but not permitted in Boston. For a while the Quakers controlled the colony of Rhode Island, and took an active part in King Phillips War.
Interesting facts about Rhode Island
- Rhode Island did not send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention, which drafted the U.S. Constitution
- Shortly after the American Revolution Rhode Island imposed high taxes in interstate commerce and required its residents to use paper money
- Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates Victory Day (victory over Japan).
- Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain
- Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, and only ratified it after George Washington was president
- Rhode Island merchants controlled between 60% and 90% of the African slave trade to America after the American Revolution
- The first Baptist Church in America was founded in 1671 Providence, Rhode Island.
- The two state capitals in the United States that are the closest to each other are Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts (42 miles; 50 miles by highway).
- According to a report by the Communications Workers of America, Rhode Island has the fastest average broadband speed of any state.
Rhode Island is on the Naughty State List
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- Vote with your feet
- Strategic relocation
- Free State Project
- American Redoubt - Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington
- Free State Wyoming - Molon Labe! by Boston T. Party
- Strategic Relocation-North American Guide to Safe Places by Joel Skousen
- Rawles on Retreats and Relocation by James Wesley Rawles
- Cumberland Redoubt - Tennessee and Kentucky
- Texas Redoubt - Jack Spirko's State
- http://walkingtofreedom.com/forum/index.php?topic=2.0 Accessed March 28, 2014
- http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th-2012.html Accessed March 29, 2014
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_richest_American_politicians Accessed March 29, 2014
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_members_of_the_United_States_Congress_by_wealth Accessed March 29, 2014
- http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie Accessed March 28, 2014
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