Rhode Island Governor Candidates Important Dates:
State Primary: September 9, 2014
Summary of information on all of the Rhode Island Candidates for Governor 2014 Candidates. Their stand on issues of the day. Detail info and candidate web sites. Congressional candidate info.
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History of Rhode Island. Information that every Rhode Island Election Candidates for Governor Should Know
Rhode Island was officially named in 1647, and the state motto, “Hope” was selected. Rhode Island had become known as a place of religious freedom and tolerance. By the mid 1600’s, there were Puritans, Quakers, Jews, and Catholics, with their numbers reaching nearly 1,000 by the beginning of the 1,700’s. The settlers prospered as they cultivated the land, raised livestock and learned to live on the abundance of the sea. They established trade routes for products such as sugar and molasses with the people of the Caribbean and other locations in the Atlantic Ocean.
Unfortunately, with trade routes, also came slavery. By the 1790, a census revealed that there were almost 700,000 slaves out of 3.9 million people living in the United States. Along with slave ships, many renegade ships looking to loot the trade ships began sailing the high seas. The pirates caused many trials for the sea merchants and gave rise to the many legends of treasure, both real and imagined, along the Atlantic coastline.
During the 1700’s, the American colonist grew increasingly disgruntled with the tyrannous rule from England and by the 1770’s, they had had enough. The colonist, especially those in New England, began organizing armies to defend their land, families, and freedom against rule by Britain. On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island declared her independence from the Crown - it was the first colony to take action. During America’s war for Independence, many significant battles were fought on Rhode Island soil. Over 900 homes were destroyed, numerous homes were looted, farming was at its all time low and the population was decreased by 10% by the end of the War. Had it not been for the generosity of the people of Connecticut, there would have been a severe famine. In the years following the War, there were many changes and challenges to be faced by Rhode Island and the nation at large. And, although the U.S. Constitution was passed on September 17, 1787, Rhode Island did not accept it until May 29, 1790, becoming the 13th state.