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The referendum election was held on November 2, 2010, and the people voted overwhelmingly (78% to 22%) to retain the entire original name.
Block Island lies about 12 miles (19 km) off the southern coast of the mainland and separates Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean proper.
This was adjoined by the settlement of Warwick; hence the plural Providence Plantations.
It is unclear how Aquidneck Island came to be known as Rhode Island, but two historical events may have influenced the name.
"State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" is the longest official name of any state in the Union.
In recent years, the presence of the word plantation in the state's name became a sufficiently contested issue that the General Assembly voted on June 25, 2009 to hold a general referendum determining whether "and Providence Plantations" would be dropped from the official name.