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Rhode Island ( /ˌrd -/ ( About this sound listen), like road), officially the State of Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area and the seventh-least populous (1,098,163 according to the 2020 census), but it is also the second-most densely populated behind New Jersey. The state takes its name from Rhode Island; however, most of the state is on the mainland. The state has land borders with 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 and Providence Plantations was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, doing so 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 13 states to do so, on May 29, 1790.

Formerly named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations since its accession to the Union in 1790, voters in the state approved an amendment in November 2020 to the state constitution, renaming itself the State of Rhode Island. This change took effect when the results were certified on November 30, 2020. Rhode Island's official nickname is the "Ocean State", a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. ( Full article...)

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Coffee milk is a drink similar to chocolate milk which uses coffee syrup instead of chocolate syrup. It is the official state drink of Rhode Island in the United States of America. Coffee milk was introduced to Rhode Island sometime in the early 1930s. It came about from diner and drugstore operators trying to attract new customers with creative drinks. One of these now-anonymous operators sweetened leftover coffee grounds with milk and sugar. This created a molasses-like extract that became popular. Coffee milk became a favorite among Rhode Islanders and created a demand for this coffee syrup. The demand was so great that it beat out Del's Lemonade in 1993 as the official drink of Rhode Island. In southeastern New England, it can be found in the dairy case of stores right next to other flavored milks such as chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, and is often found on the beverage menus of diners throughout the state.

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Misquamicut State Beach is a state park that stretches 7 miles from Weekapaug in the east westward to Watch Hill. Misquamicut is in southern Washington County and is part of the town of Westerly.
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Misquamicut State Beach is a state park that stretches 7 miles from Weekapaug in the east westward to Watch Hill. Misquamicut is in southern Washington County and is part of the town of Westerly.


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