Separated by almost 60 years, Rhode Island and Wisconsin both became states of the United States on two different May 29ths.
Can you figure out which of the statements below refers to Rhode Island, and which to Wisconsin?
1. ________ is the smallest state but has the longest official name.
2. ________ is in the Great Lakes region.
3. ________ became a state in 1848.
4. ________ has Milwaukee as its largest city.
5. ________ became a state in 1790.
6. ________ has Providence as its largest city and capital.
7. ________ was one of the original thirteen colonies.
8. ________ is known as “America's Dairyland.”
9. ________ is located in New England.
10.________ has Madison as its capital.
Here are the answers:
1. RI - The official name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The colony we call Rhode Island was formed by the merger of two separate settlements: one on what we now call Aquidneck Island, but was then called Rhode Island, and one on the mainland.
2. WI – Wisconsin borders on both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
4. WI – Both Wisconsin and Milwaukee are names that come from Native American languages.
5. RI – Rhode Island was the last of the 13 original colonies to ratify the Constitution and therefore join the new American nation.
6. RI – Providence was one of the first cities established in the U.S.
7. RI – This colony was started by Roger Williams as a place for religious tolerance. Williams had been kicked out of Massachusetts for not agreeing with every bit of the Puritans' religion. (It's sad to me to reflect that, although Rhode Island began as place of religious freedom in a time where such a thing was extremely rare, just last year a teenage girl named Jessica Ahlquist was persecuted with hate mail, death threats, and verbal attacks because she is an atheist. What about your reputation for religious tolerance, Rhode Island?)
8. WI – Although the state motto is a bland “Forward,” some people want to change it to “Eat cheese or die.” Wisconsin is not only a major dairy state, it is best known for its cheese.
9. RI – The states of New England include, in addition to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
10. WI – I personally think that Oshkosh should be the capital, because I like that name, but Madison is named for former James Madison.
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