For the former British colony, see Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. is a state in the New England region of the United States.Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.
In recent years, the presence of the word plantation in the state's name became a sufficiently contested issue that the General Assembly voted on June 25, 2009 to hold a general referendum determining whether "and Providence Plantations" would be dropped from the official name.
Advocates for excising plantation asserted that the word symbolized an alleged legacy of native disenfranchisement for many Rhode Islanders, as well as the proliferation of slavery in the colonies and in the post-colonial United States.
It shares a narrow maritime border with New York State between Block Island and Long Island.
The mean elevation of the state is 200 feet (61 m).
The Rhode Island Statewide Permitting Initiative will establish a uniform, web-based system to be used by the State, its municipalities, and taxpayers for statewide permit management, inspection management, and electronic plan review.
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(Rhode Island abolished slavery in 1652, but the law was not enforced and, by the early 18th century, it was "the epicenter of the North American slave trade", according to the Brown Daily Herald.) Advocates for retaining the name argued that plantation was simply an archaic synonym for colony and bore no relation to slavery.
The referendum election was held on November 2, 2010, and the people voted overwhelmingly (78% to 22%) to retain the entire original name.
It is only 37 miles (60 km) wide and 48 miles (77 km) long, yet the state has a tidal shoreline on Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean of 384 miles (618 km).
Rhode Island is nicknamed the Ocean State and has a number of oceanfront beaches.
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