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How did the "Rhode" in Rhode Island ever come to be? Well, we're embarrassed to say that we don't know for sure, but we did discover that the state was originally called the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and that its early residents were a pretty rabble-rousing bunch. They were among the first to say "no way" to King George, and pioneered 19th century industrialization in the northeast. Today, this smallest of U.S. states boasts the second highest population density in the

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country, with nearly eight-tenths of its residents concentrated in urban areas: Cranston, Newport, Providence, and Warwick being among the largest. What do Rhode Islanders like to do? With so much water around, if you guessed boating and fishing, you'd be right. But the resort-like cities here are also famous for their unique culture and night life, and the history and spirit of the Newport Jazz Festival still linger, even if the festival itself has been renamed and spread around a bit. With U.S. Interstate 95 running right through Rhode Island as it connects New York and Boston, there's a steady stream of visitors year-round who are likely to be tempted by the beaches of Newport or the boardwalks of Providence. Here's what we found on our own stopover.

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