Shortly after 1776, states began to adopt their own official state seals, mottos, nicknames, and much more, which are all used to symbolize and represent the uniqueness of each U.S. state.

What does the Rhode Island state seal mean? The Rhode Island General Assembly first adopted an official seal for the colony back in 1664, which featured an anchor with the word “hope” above it. This later became the official state motto. The anchor and the motto are featured on the Rhode Island state flag too. Since then, the design has hardly changed.

Rhode Island state seal

Usage of the word “Hope” was likely inspired by the biblical quote “hope we have as an anchor of the soul”. In addition to this, the seal also contains Rhode Island’s full name, “Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”, which is the longest name out of all 50 states!

Most states will have their seals showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history, and the Ocean State has certainly captured this in their state seal.