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The founder of Rhode Island was Roger Williams, a minister, who wanted to start a colony where people could be free from all religious persecution. The people of Rhode Island have contributed much to the independent spirit of the nation. Many famous people are from Rhode Island, including Matthew C. Perry, Raymond M. Hood, Prudence Crandall, Nathanael Greene, David Wilkinson, Gilbert Stuart, and William Ellery. Explore the history of Rhode Island and see what interesting facts you can discover about this state with a free 7-page state history printable. Create a map of the state, organize events chronologically, and explore more of the state’s exciting past with writing prompts.