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Block Island

Trip Planner USA  /  Rhode Island  /  Block Island
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Block Island is part of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 13mi south of the coast of Rhode Island, 14mi east of Montauk Point on Long Island, and is separated from the Rhode Island mainland by Block Island Sound.The United States Census Bureau defines Block Island as Census Tract 415 of Washington County, Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census the population of 1,051 lived on a land area of 9.734sqmi. The island is part of the Outer Lands region, a coastal archipelago made by the recessional and terminal moraine that resulted from the Wisconsonian Laurentide glacier retreat, about 22,000 years ago.The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to its list of "The Last Great Places"; the list consists of twelve sites in the Western Hemisphere. About 40 percent of the island is set aside for conservation. Presidents Bill Clinton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ulysses S. Grant have visited Block Island. Other famous visitors include Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, who each made separate trips to the island in 1929.
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