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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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The state of Rhode Island remained loyal to the Union during the American Civil War, as did all of the other New England states. Rhode Island furnished 25,236 fighting men to the Union Army, of whom 1,685 died. The state used its industrial capacity to supply the Union Army with the materials that it needed to win the war, along with the other northern states. Rhode Island's continued growth and modernization led to the creation of an urban mass transit system, and improved health and sanitation programs. During the Civil War, Fort Adams near Newport was used temporarily as the United States Naval Academy. In May 1861, the Academy was moved to Newport from Annapolis, Maryland due to concerns about the political sympathies of the Marylanders, many of whom were suspected of being supporters of the Confederate States of America. In September, the Academy moved to the Atlantic House hotel in Newport and remained there for the rest of the war. In 1862, Fort Adams became the headquarters and recruit depot for the 15th U.S. Infantry Regiment.

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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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