1. Rhode Island has been important in US history.
Rhode Island often gets overlooked because of its size, but many people don’t know just what an important role Rhode Island has played in United States history. Roger Williams, who established the first white settlement in Rhode Island, founded the region because he was escaping religious persecution from the Puritans in Massachusetts. As a result, Rhode Island was the first colony and state to have religious freedom. Rhode Island was the last colony to ratify the Constitution, demanding that the Bill of Rights be added, which gives Americans individual liberties. In 1793, the Industrial Revolution was sparked by the success of Samuel Slaters Mill in Pawtucket, America’s first success water-powered cotton mill.