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Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of
Providence in what is today known as Rhode Island after their
banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams believed in
the importance of liberty of conscience, which became an important
principle in the founding of Rhode Island and ultimately in the
founding of the United States.
Officially called "The
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," Rhode
Island is one of the six New England states and one of the
original 13 states of the Union, entering in 1790. It is the
smallest state in area in the country. Rhode Island's flower is
the violet, and the capital is Providence.
The name "Rhode
Island" is credited to Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano
who compared the nearby island Block Island to Rhodes in Greece.
Later Williams thought that Verrazano had been referring to island
where they had settled and began calling the island Rhode Island.