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Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island (About this sound /roʊd ˈaɪlɨnd/ ), is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island borders Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east. Rhode Island also shares a water border with New York's Long Island to the southwest. Despite being called Rhode Island in common usage most of the state is on the continental mainland. The name Rhode Island derives from the colonial-era name for what is now known as Aquidneck Island, which now comprises the city of Newport and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay. Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution. Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to state's geography, as nearly one tenth of Rhode Island's inland area is covered by salt water. In addition, no area of the state is more than a thirty-minute drive from the water's edge (under normal traffic conditions). Unofficially, and in other parts of the country, Rhode Island is referred to as Little Rhody.

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Benedict Arnold (1615 – 1678) was president and then governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving for a total of 11 years in these roles. Learning the native languages at an early age, Arnold became one of the two leading interpreters in the Rhode Island colony, Roger Williams being the other. In 1651 he began his public service which would last continuously until his death. He became a Commissioner and Assistant, and in 1657 succeeded Roger Williams as President of the colony, serving for three years. In 1662 he was once again elected President, and during the second year of this term the Royal Charter of 1663 was delivered from England, naming him as the first Governor of the colony. A bold and decisive leader, Arnold was elected for two additional terms as governor, the last time following the devastation of King Philip's War. He died on 19 June 1678 while still in office, and was buried in the Arnold Burying Ground, located on Pelham Street in Newport. In his will he left to his wife his "stone built wind mill," which still stands as an important Newport landmark. His many descendants include General Benedict Arnold, best known for his treason during the American Revolutionary War, and Senator Stephen Arnold Douglas who debated Abraham Lincoln in 1858, and lost to him during the 1860 presidential election.

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Political corruption is to Rhode Islanders as smog is to people who live in Los Angeles: nobody complains of its absence, but when it rolls around everyone feels right at home.

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Jerimoth Hill is the name of the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, at 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. It was once one of the most controversial U.S. highpoints due to property complications, but it is now accessible to the public on weekends.
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Jerimoth Hill is the name of the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, at 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. It was once one of the most controversial U.S. highpoints due to property complications, but it is now accessible to the public on weekends.

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Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, also known as the Nerport Bridge, spanning the Narragansett Bay
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Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, also known as the Nerport Bridge, spanning the Narragansett Bay

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