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Rhode Island (/ˌrd -/ (About this soundlisten), like road), officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area and the seventh least populous, but it is also the second most densely populated. The state takes its short name from Rhode Island; however, most of the state is located on the mainland. The state has land borders with Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.

On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, doing so on February 9, 1778. The state boycotted the 1787 convention which drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it; it was the last of the original 13 states to do so on May 29, 1790.

Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14 percent of its total area.

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Anne Hutchinson, born Anne Marbury (1591–1643), was a Puritan woman, spiritual adviser, mother of 15, and important participant in the Antinomian Controversy that shook the infant Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1636 to 1638. Her strong religious convictions were at odds with the established Puritan clergy in the Boston area, and her popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans' religious experiment in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony with many of her supporters. She and many of her supporters had encouragement from Providence founder Roger Williams and established the settlement of Portsmouth in what became the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. After her husband's death, she moved to New Netherland near an ancient landmark called Split Rock in what later became The Bronx in New York City. Here all but one of the 16 members of her household were massacred by Siwanoy Indians, the only survivor being her nine-year old daughter Susanna, who was taken captive. Her well-publicized trials and the accusations against her make Hutchinson the most famous—or infamous—English woman in colonial American history.

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One hundred years after the declaration that all men are created equal, there began to gather in Newport a colony of the rich, determined to show that some Americans were conspicuously more equal than others.

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Watch Hill is an exclusive coastal village in the southwestern section of the town of Westerly, and the most southwestern town in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Watch Hill is a state-chartered Fire District (1901) and is authorized to tax residents to fund their volunteer fire department, but the bulk of property taxes goes to the town to fund municipal services and schools.
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Watch Hill is an exclusive coastal village in the southwestern section of the town of Westerly, and the most southwestern town in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Watch Hill is a state-chartered Fire District (1901) and is authorized to tax residents to fund their volunteer fire department, but the bulk of property taxes goes to the town to fund municipal services and schools.

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