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Rhode Island maps add Aquidneck Island

Newport, Rhode Island (AP) July 2011

Rhode Island tourism maps have added the name “Aquidneck Island” to a smaller island that officially shares the state’s name.

The island, on which Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth are located, has long been referred to as Aquidneck Island, but its official name is Rhode Island, and that has created some confusion.

Norman Champagne of Middletown was among those who have lobbied to have Aquidneck Island used on state and federal maps and documents.  He tells the Newport Daily News that the charts used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided to make a change last year, labeling the island “ Rhode Island (Aquidneck I).”   He says the state followed suit this year on tourism maps.

Aquidneck comes from the name Native Americans used for the island.

 

 

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