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General background about the Rhode Island Flag

Rhode Island Flag     Rhode Island Great Seal


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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.

  • MOTTO: "Hope"
  • ENTERED UNION: May 29, 1790
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1877, (Revised 1882 and again in 1897)
  • 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."


Rhode Island Flag
State Flag, Rhode Island


Rhode Island Flag First
First Design, 1877 to 1882
Rhode Island Flag Second
Second Design, 1882 to 1897



  • The 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.


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