The Seven Smallest States in the U.S. in Area

1. Rhode Island

Area: 1,545 square miles
Capital: Providence
State since: May 29, 1790

Roger Williams founded Rhode Island in a bid for religious tolerance in 1636. Also hailing from Rhode Island was Revolutionary War military genius Nathanael Greene.

The last of the 13 Colonies to ratify the Constitution, the Ocean State was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, with Samuel Slater's mills in Pawtucket.

Newport is home to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Fun Rhode Island fact: The oldest schoolhouse in the United States was built in Portsmouth, in 1716.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

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