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Rhode Island History Timeline

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The Native Indians of Rhode Island included the Nipmuc, Pequot, Wampanoag and Narraganset tribes
The 13th of the original 13 colonies
Statehood: Rhode Island was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1790
Constitution: 13th State to be admitted to the Union. The State Motto is "Hope"

Rhode Island History Timeline

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Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano ( 1485 - 1528 ) employed by France, discovers Rhode Island



Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English and navigator explores the area on behalf of the Dutch



Dutch explorer Adriaen Block visited the island - he changed the name of Aquidneck changed to "the Isle of Rhodes, or Rhode Island."



William Blackstone was the first Rhode Island settler



Roger Williams, a religious exile from Massachusetts, was the founder of Providence as a Rhode Island settlement



The Portsmouth compact was signed



Samuel Gorton founded Warwick named in honor of the Earl of Warwick



King Charles II granted the royal Charter of Rhode Island



1675 - 1677: King Philip's War so named after Metacomet of the Wampanoag tribe, who was called Philip by the English. The war was bloody and bitterly fought by the colonists against the Wampanoags, Narragansetts, Nipmucks, Pocumtucks, and Abenakis. During King Philip's War, up to one third of America's white population was wiped out. This war proved to be the final struggle by the Native Americans of Rhode Island



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence)



For additional facts and information about Colonial America refer to the Rhode Island Colony



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



Statehood - The Date that Rhode Island was admitted to the Union - May 29,
1790. Constitution - Rhode Island was the 13th State to be admitted to the Union.
State Motto - " Hope "



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War.



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

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Origin of the name - Named "Roodt Eylandt" by Adrian Block, the Dutch explorer. The meaning of the name is "red island" referring to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later changed when the region came under British rule.

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