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Rhode Island's Beginnings

Rhode Island's Beginnings
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.46

     challenging words:    preacher, original, unique, founded, death, ownership, accept, size, series, chief, unfriendly, navigator, freedom, certain, individual, however
     content words:    Rhode Island, Block Island, Adriaen Block, Native American Indians, Roger Williams, Narragansett Bay, Anne Hutchinson, William Coddington, Samuel Gorton, Native Americans

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Rhode Island's Beginnings
By Kristina McKenna

1     Rhode Island may be small in size, but it is big in history. Rhode Island had a hand in shaping the great nation that we live in today. The people of this one of a kind state are very unique, and their ancestors accomplished many great things.
2     The story of this great state dates back to the 1500s when European explorers arrived in the Rhode Island area. In 1524 an Italian explorer, Giovanni da Verrazano, explored what is known today as Block Island. A Dutch navigator, Adriaen Block, who sailed Rhode Island waters in 1614 named the island.
3     During this time, Native American Indians were the inhabitants of the Rhode Island area. The most numerous of the people living there were the Narragansett. The Narragansett, along with the Wampanoag, the Niantic, the Nipmuc, and the Pequot, made up the Algonquian family.

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