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This was adjoined by the settlement of Warwick; hence the plural Providence Plantations.
It is unclear how Aquidneck Island came to be known as Rhode Island, but two historical events may have influenced the name.
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.
For the former British colony, see Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. is a state in the New England region of the United States.
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.
In 1638 (after conferring with Williams), Anne Hutchinson, William Coddington, John Clarke, Philip Sherman, and other religious dissenters settled on Aquidneck Island (then known as Rhode Island), which was purchased from the local tribes who called it Pocasset.
Most of Rhode Island has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters.
The far southern and coastal portions of the state are the broad transition zone into temperate climate or subtropical climates, with hot summers and cool winters with a mix of rain and snow.