Rhode Island, full name The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is the smallest US state by area, but it was also the first of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from England, although it was also the last to ratify the United States Constitution. The economy of Rhode Island was based on fishing and farming in colonial times, after which they evolved into shipping and manufacturing. Today, health services are the largest industry in the state, followed by tourism.
Many visitors are attracted to Rhode Island’s many registered historic places, more than seven hundred in total, some of which are the Beavertail Light in Newport County, the Joseph Reynolds House in Bristol County, the Arkwright Bridge in Providence County, and the Pawtucket City Hall in Pawtucket. There are many other historic landmarks, such as The Arcade (first US enclosed shopping mall), The Breakers (Vanderbilt Mansion), the First Baptist Meetinghouse (oldest congregation in the US), the Flying Horse Carousel (one of the earliest American carousels), Fort Adams, the Newport Casino (one of the first social clubs to include recreational facilities), Redwood Library and Trinity Church (Oldest parish church in the state).