7/50 Rhode Island: “The Ocean State”

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The State of Rhode Island is situated on the north-eastern seaboard of the United States of America. With the total land area of 1,045 square miles, it is the smallest  state and 43rd most populous in the U.S. The state capital is Providence.

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Among the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 29, 1790. The state got its nickname, “The Ocean State”, due to the several bays it has and also to promote tourism within the area.

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During our trip to Rhode Island, we visited the seaside city of Newport to see the famous Newport Mansions. These are the architectural heritage mansions along Bellevue Avenue Historic District dated back from the early 18th century. There are 14 historic mansions and 11 of them are open to the public. One of them is The Breakers.

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This Italian Renaissance style mansion was built as a Newport summer house of Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1895. The mansion has a total of 70 rooms.

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