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Rhode Island States Facts | Rhode Island State Symbol
Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest state in area, the seventh least populous, and the second most densely populated. It has the longest official name of any state. Rhode Island has many official and unofficial symbols including the state animal, bird, fish, flag, flower, gem, mammal, motto, nickname, coat of arms, song, seal Etc. The Rhode Island General Assembly first adopted a Seal for the colony containing an anchor with the word “Hope” above it on May 4, 1664. Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to West 37 miles. Rhode Island has an astounding 400 miles of Atlantic coastline and boasts the sailing capital of the world, Newport. You’ll find Gilded Age Mansions like The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House where Alva Vanderbilt once held women’s rights rallies, and several other grand estates.
The Rhode Island flag was formally adopted on July 27, 1640. Since Rhode Island has maintained the same flag for the last 378 years. The flag of Rhode Island features three colors: gold, white and blue. The background of the flag is white, and anchor and 13 five-pointed stars are gold.
The Rhode Island General Assembly first adopted a seal for the colony in 1664 which contained an anchor with the word “Hope” above it (the state motto). The anchor and motto are also featured on Rhode Island‘s flag. The use of the word “Hope” was probably inspired by the biblical phrase “hope we have as an anchor of the soul.
There Is No Official State Animal of Rhode Island. The State Had No Land Animal. Harbor Seals is The Official State Marine Mammal of Rhode Island. Rhode Island Marine Mammal Was Officially Adopted on July 14, 2016. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) is like all marine mammals and is protected under the MMPA (The United States Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972).