Rhode Island Drops “Plantations” From Official Name

The Associated Press reports:

A statewide referendum that would shorten Rhode Island’s official name was approved by voters on Election Day. With 100-percent of precincts reporting, nearly 53-percent of voters approved a ballot question to remove Providence Plantations from its name.

Advocates say the word plantation evokes images of slavery in the state. Opponents argued that the word instead is a reference to colonies with agricultural economies.

A previous vote to change the name failed in 2010.

Rhode Island was incorporated as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations when it declared statehood in 1790.