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The Rhode Island Colony
The Rhode Island Colony was one of the original 13 colonies located on the Atlantic coast of North America. The original 13 colonies were divided into three geographic areas consisting of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. The Rhode Island Colony was classified as one of the New England Colonies. The Province of Rhode Island was an English colony in North America that existed from 1636 until 1776, when it joined the other 12 of the 13 colonies in rebellion against Great Britain and became the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Founding of the Rhode Island Colony
When was the colony of Rhode Island founded? The Rhode Island Colony was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams and other colonists, such as Anne Hutchinson at Providence.

The Naming of the Rhode Island Colony
Named "Roodt Eylandt" by Adrian Block, the Dutch explorer. The meaning of the name is "red island" referring to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later changed when the area came under British rule.

 

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Fact 1 History

Year Founded: 1636 by Roger Williams and others, at Providence

 
Fact 2 Cities

Major Towns / Cities: Providence

 
Fact 3 Industries

Major Industries: Agriculture (livestock, dairy, fishing). Fish included cod, mackerel, herring, halibut, hake,  bass and sturgeon and whales. Manufacturing (lumbering). Breweries and distilleries producing rum
 

 
Fact 4 Geography

Geography: Flat rolling hills and lowlands. The basic geography of New England consisted of mountains thick with trees, rivers and poor rocky soil that was difficult to farm and unsuitable for crops
 

 
Fact 5 Climate

Climate: New England was the coldest of the three regions, mild and short summers leading to long, cold winters but less disease than in the warmer colonies
 

 
Fact 6 Religion

Religion: There was no religious freedom in the areas inhabited by the Puritans as they did not tolerate any other form of religion. Refer to Religion in the Colonies
 

 
Fact 7 Raw
Materials

Natural Resources: Fish, whales, forests. Imported agricultural products from other colonies. Farming was difficult for crops like wheat because of the poor soil but corn, pumpkins, rye, squash and beans were raised
 

 
Fact 8 Trade

Economics and Trade: Concentrated in manufacture and focussed on town life and industries such as ship building and the manufacture and export of rum. Industries and trade in the New England colonies included fish, whale products, shipping, shipbuilding, timber products, furs, maple syrup, copper, livestock products, horses, rum, whiskey and beer
 

 
Fact 9 Government

Government: In 1775 Rhode Island was governed as a Charter Colony.

 
Fact 10 History

The first Colonists arrived from England aboard the Ark and the Dove

 
Fact 11 Name

Original Name: The original name of the colony was the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, later Rhode Island
 

 
Fact 12 Economy

In towns along the coast, the colonists made their living fishing, whaling, and shipbuilding. Whale oil was a valuable resource as it could be used in lamps.
 

 
Fact 13 Economy

Farming was difficult for crops like wheat because of the poor soil but corn, pumpkins, rye, squash and beans were planted.
 

 
Fact 14 History

In 1636 Roger Williams, a religious exile from Massachusetts, was the founder of Providence as a Rhode Island settlement and was followed by Anne Hutchinson
 

 
Fact 15 History

In 1638 the Portsmouth compact was signed

 
Fact 16 History

In 1663 King Charles II granted the royal Charter of Rhode Island

 
Fact 17 Trade / Exports Fish, timber, furs, ships and livestock  
Fact 18 Industries By 1761, Rhode Island, had 22 distilleries and three sugar refineries  
Fact 19 History The Colony became a state on May 29, 1790. For additional facts and info refer to the Change from Colonies to States
 
 
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