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Rhode Island (/ˌrd -/ (About this soundlisten)), 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. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.

On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island was the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. The state boycotted the 1787 convention which drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it; it was the last of the states to do so on May 29, 1790.

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The southern terminus of RI Route 4 in North Kingstown
Route 4 (also known as the Colonel Rodman Highway) is a numbered state highway located in Washington County and southern Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The route is a major north–south freeway in the southern Providence metropolitan area, directly linking Providence with eastern Washington County. Route 4 is used for access to the beaches of Narragansett and South Kingstown, and also serves as a major connection between Providence and Newport. The 9.8-mile (15.8 km) route begins as a two-lane divided highway at an intersection with U.S. Route 1 in the town of North Kingstown, becoming a limited-access freeway shortly after an intersection with Oak Hill Road. Route 4 has four numbered interchanges before terminating in Warwick, where the northbound lanes merge into Interstate 95. All but the southernmost 1.2 miles (1.9 km) of Route 4 is a freeway. The southern portion of the route has three at-grade intersections with three northbound and two southbound traffic signals.

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Political corruption is to Rhode Islanders as smog is to people who live in Los Angeles: nobody complains of its absence, but when it rolls around everyone feels right at home.

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