Rhode Island may be just 48 miles long, but its influence is felt across the United States. Founded by Roger Williams in 1636, Rhode Island is known for its principles of separation of church and state and religious tolerance that shaped the Constitution. Today, the state continues to be a leader in politics. Beyond the big ideas that come from the Ocean State, tourists and residents enjoy its picturesque waterfronts, vibrant cities, lush forests, and Gilded Age architecture. Readers will explore the beauty and history of America's smallest state and get a snapshot of all the state has to offer.