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Placement of Rhode Island within the U.S.

Rhode Island , 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 in area, the 7th least populous, and the 2nd most densely populated of the 50 states--but its official name is the longest. Rhode Island is bordered by 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 became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation 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 states to do so on May 29, 1790.

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Animated timeline map of the counties of Rhode Island
Rhode Island has the second lowest number of counties of any U.S. state; only Delaware has fewer, with three counties. Rhode Island does not have any local government at the county level; instead, local government is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns. The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was established in the 17th century and was the first of the thirteen original American colonies to declare independence from British rule in 1776, signaling the start of the American Revolution. The counties were all established before the Declaration of Independence. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties. Rhode Island's code is 44, which would be written as 44XXX when combined with any county code.

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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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The Newport Casino is located at 186-202 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.  It was designated a National Historic Landmark on February 27, 1987.

The Newport Casino is located at 186-202 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on February 27, 1987.

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