Archive for May 9th, 2011

28: Rhode Island

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The US’s smallest state has its longest name: “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”. This official state name – which is rarely used – comes about from the early merger of two English colonies: “Rhode Island” (which really is an island) and “Providence Plantations” (a much larger area on the mainland). This is why most of the state – which most people refer to simply as “Rhode Island” – is not an island at all.

While driving through this small state, I bypassed its largest city and capitol, Providence, and instead visited Newport. This wealthy seaside town is famous for sailing. For several decades, America’s Cup races were held here, until Australia II’s famous victory in 1983.

Newport

Newport

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27: Connecticut

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I’m now in the New England region of the U.S. This region consists of several small states (some of the original states of the U.S.) bunched together in a relatively small area, so over the next few days, I’ll be passing through several states quite quickly. This is my second visit to New England (in 1992, I visited Boston, Massachusetts, and small parts of New Hampshire and Maine). This part of the country has a lot of history, however, so it’ll definitely be worthy of another, more detailed visit sometime in the future.

While New Jersey (at its northern end) contains many of New York City’s poorest suburbs, Connecticut contains many of its wealthiest suburbs. While driving through Connecticut, I stopped briefly in New Haven, the site of Yale University (one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious universities).

Yale University, New Haven