Where Did Rhode Island Get Its Name?

No one knows for sure which story of how Rhode Island got named is true. In 1690, a Dutch explorer named Adriaen Block is said to have named it Roodt Eylandt, meaning Red Island. It is also noted by some, that when Giovanni Verrazzano sailed into the bay, he named it after the Isle of Rhodes in the Aegean sea. You can find more information here: