Population per the 2012 census- 1,050,292
Rhode Island was admitted as the 13th state on May 29th 1790 and was the last to ratify the Constitution. Her motto is “Hope”. The use of the word "Hope" was probably inspired by the biblical phrase "hope we have as an anchor of the soul".
Officially as of 1971 Rhode Island is known as ‘The Ocean State’.
In The 2012 Presidential election RI chose to be a ‘Blue’ state. We need to work together to win over the ‘Unaffiliated’ voters to register Republican.
In October, 2012 it was reported by the NY Times that Rhode Island’s registered voters 10% were Republican, 41% Democrats and 49% Unaffiliated
This state was named by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He named it "Roodt Eylandt" meaning "red island" in reference to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later anglicized when the region came under British rule.
At the start of the Revolutionary War, Rhode Islanders were among the first colonists to take action against British rule by attacking British vessels. On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island was the first colony to renounce allegiance to Great Britain and declare independence. Although no major battles took place in the state, Rhode Island regiments participated in every major campaign of the war. Rhode Islanders such as General Nathaniel Greene, second-in-command to General George Washington, and Commodore Esek Hopkins, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy, distinguished themselves as military leaders and heroes. The first Black regiment to fight for America made a gallant stand against the British in the Battle of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island's independent spirit was still in evidence at the close of the Revolutionary War. It was the last of the 13 original colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution, demanding that the Bill of Rights, which guarantees individual liberties, be added.
Among those in Rhode Island who opposed the Constitution were the Quaker, who were opposed to the Constitution largely because of its sanctioning of slavery, and Baptist, one of the largest denominations in Rhode Island, who had historically been persecuted by various governments. Many Rhode Islanders were concerned about the government created by the Constitution would violate natural rights and wanted a Bill of Rights to protect individual liberties. In the rural areas of RI, citizens wanted to ensure that their paper currency was redeemable as legal tender in the future.
RI’s Country Party were considered the Anti-federalist which opposed the Federalist. Without the strong opposition of the Anti-Federalist the Bill of Rights would not have been promised.