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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The smallest but most densely populated of the United States, and one of the original 13; faces the Atlantic between Connecticut (W.) and Massachusetts (N. and E.); is split into two portions by Narragansett Bay (30 m. long); hilly in the N., but elsewhere level; enjoys a mild and equable climate, and is greatly resorted to by invalids from the S.; the soil is rather poor, and manufactures form the staple industry; coal, iron, and limestone are found. Providence, Pawtucket, and Newport are the chief towns.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Rhode Island'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/rhode-island.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.