PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS/AP) — 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.

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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.

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

Merchants from Rhode Island played a key role in the transatlantic slave trade, launching more than 1,000 voyages to buy and ship slaves from Africa and the Caribbean.

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