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A rare type of rock called Cumberlandite is found only in Rhode Island (specifically in the town of Cumberland) and is the state rock.There were initially two known deposits of the mineral, but it is an ore of iron and one of the deposits was extensively mined for its ferrous content.Dutch maps as early as 1659 call the island "Red Island" (Roodt Eylant).Roger Williams was a theologian who was forced out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, seeking religious and political tolerance.
Narragansett Bay is a major feature of the state's topography. The largest is Aquidneck Island, shared by the municipalities of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.
It also shares a small maritime border with New York.
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.
The referendum election was held on November 2, 2010, and the people voted overwhelmingly (78% to 22%) to retain the entire original name.
It shares a narrow maritime border with New York State between Block Island and Long Island.