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He and others founded Providence Plantation as a free proprietary colony."Providence" referred to the concept of divine providence, and "plantation" was an English term for a colony.He named the site Providence, "having a sense of God's merciful providence unto me in my distress." Eventually, it became a place of religious freedom where all were welcome.
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, Despite its name, most of Rhode Island is located on the mainland of the United States.The mean elevation of the state is 200 feet (61 m).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).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.The highest temperature recorded in Rhode Island was 104 °F (40 °C), recorded on August 2, 1975 in Providence.