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Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other colony. The State was also the last of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State," a reference to the State's geography, since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Its land area is 1045 square miles (2710 square kilometers), but its total area is significantly larger.
- Prior to the theatrical release, private screenings for Morning Light were held for yacht racing enthusiasts, including one hosted by Roy Disney for U.S. Sailing on March 14, 2008 in Newport, Rhode Island.
- A fourth non-equity national tour of Beauty and the Beast (musical) began February 2010, opening in Providence, Rhode Island starring Liz Shivener as Belle and Justin Glaser as The Beast.