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The Rhode Island State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Rhode Island serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Ocean State". The Rhode Island state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the Rhode Island state seal:


The Rhode Island state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Rhode Island state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

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Facts on the Rhode Island State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Rhode Island State Seal:

Rhode Island State Seal Facts

Fact 1: William Dyre, Secretary of the General Assembly is believed to have made a doodle of the original anchor design

Fact 2: The word "Hope" was placed over the seal's anchor and 1636 is the year Rhode Island was founded

Fact 3: The anchor with the word "Hope" above it was first adopted in 1664 by the Rhode Island General Assembly for the State of Rhode Island Providence Plantations.

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Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Rhode Island State Seal
The description and meaning of the Rhode Island symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The center of the seal is an anchor, which symbolizes hope. In heraldry the anchor is also a symbol of religious steadfastness
The anchor and shipping represents the importance of this industry to Rhode Island
A garland of leaves surrounds the shield which holds the anchor and around it all are the words "Seal of the State of Rhode Island Providence Plantations 1636."

Roger Williams (1603 - 1683) was a supporter of religious freedom and the word "Hope" is drawn from the Bible and the words of Roger Williams to the early Rhode Island colonists: "Hope in the Divine."

The Rhode Island seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Mystery of the the Newport Tower and the Rhode Island Flyer
This is an early flyer with the 1876 design of the seal. The flyer has an image of the Newport Tower, a round stone tower located in Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Tower is a medieval design and there are many theories regarding its age and construction. The picture of the boat clearly resembles a Viking ship - but manned by Native Americans. This appears to reflect the theory that descendants of Scotsman Henry Sinclair may have reached North America in 1398, a in Viking style ship, and directed construction of Newport Tower in Rhode Island.


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