Rhode Island's state flag consists
of an anchor surrounded by thirteen stars centered on a
white field. Below the anchor is a blue ribbon that displays
the state motto, "HOPE". The flag is frequently depicted
with golden fringe around the edges of the flag.
ENTERED UNION: May 29, 1790
FLAG ADOPTED: 1877, (Revised 1882 and again in
COMMENTS: The current flag of the state of Rhode
Island was formally adopted in 1897. As early as the
1640s, the anchor and the word "hope" were found on the
Rhode Island State Seal.
From the Rhode Island's official
government website, this is the current description of the
state flag..."The flag of the state shall be white, five
feet and six inches fly and four feet and ten inches deep on
the pike, bearing on each side in the center a gold anchor,
twenty-two inches high, and underneath it a blue ribbon
twenty-four inches long and five inches wide, or in these
proportions, with the motto "Hope" in golden letters
thereon, the whole surrounded by thirteen golden stars in a
circle. The flag shall be edged with yellow fringe. The pike
shall be surmounted by a spearhead and the length of the
pike shall be nine feet, not including the spearhead."
State Flag, Rhode
First Design, 1877 to 1882
Second Design, 1882 to 1897
Quonset Hut takes its name
from Quonset Point, the Naval Air Station on Narragansett
Bay where this type of structure was first built.
- The rights guaranteed to all
Americans in the First Amendment to the Constitution,
including freedom of religion, speech, and assembly,
were among the rights promised much earlier to settlers
in Rhode Island by Roger Williams, the colony's founder.
- The Rhode Island Red was one of
the first chicken breeds developed to increase the
quality and quantity of egg and meat production.
- In colonial times, Providence
was an important port in the Triangle Trade, which
centered on slaves, sugar products-especially
molasses-and rum. The Sugar Act of 1764 threatened Rhode
Island's economy and caused the colony to be among the
first to push for an end to British rule.
- The first circus in the United
States was in Newport in 1774.
- The first Afro-American
regiment to fight for America made a gallant stand
against the British in the Battle of Rhode Island.