Rhode Island, the Ocean State

Rhode Island, the Ocean State

by Sandra Merville Hart Rhode Island’s nickname is The Ocean State. It borders the Atlantic Ocean. Rhode Island’s early history Roger Williams bought land from the Narragansett Indians in 1636. He established the first permanent white settlement in the area now known as Providence, Rhode Island. Wanted religious freedom Roger had left the colony of Massachusetts. He started a settlement because he wanted religious freedom. He treated the Native Americans with respect and learned their language. By 1642, three more settlements had been started by other groups: Portsmouth, Newport, and Pawtuxet, which was renamed Warwick. Rhode Island and slavery Newport, one of the settlements, became a major slave trading center, but Rhode Island passed a law to free children...

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park may be the world’s most famous park, but it is definitely the oldest national park. It was established in 1872. 96% of the park is in Wyoming; the rest is in Idaho and Montana. Over 300 geysers and hot springs Yellowstone National Park is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Over 3,600,000 visitors come every year to see over 300 geysers and hot springs. In fact there are more geysers and hot springs in the park than anywhere else on earth. Old Faithful The most famous geyser is Old Faithful, which erupts at intervals of 60 to 110 minutes. The geyser reaches a height of 106 to 184 feet and the eruptions last from one and half minutes to five minutes. Have your camera ready to snap an impressive photo like the one from...

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