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New Hampshire

The Granite State

New Hampshire's motto is Live Free or Die.

New Hampshire was the first of the British North American colonies to beak away from Great Britain in January 1776 and 6 months later was one of the original 13 states that founded the United States of America.  In June 1788, it was the 9th state to ratify the US Constitution, bringing the document into effect.  


New Hampshire was the first US state to have its own state constitution.  It is known internationally for the Hew Hampshire primary in the US presidential election cycle.


Before joining the statehood, New Hampshire was called the Province of New Hampshire.  On June 21, 1788 it joined the Union.


Various Abenaki and Pennacook tribes inhabited the state prior to European settlement.  English and French explorers visited New Hampshire in 1600-1605 and English fishermen settled there in 1623.


Paul Revere warned local patriots on December 13, 1774 at Fort Williams and Mary in Portsmouth Harbor.


In 1822, Dublin's Juvenile Library in New Hampshire became the first free public library.

Information acquired from :    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



New Hampshire was called the Granite State because of the extensive granite formations and quarries throughout the state.

It was named New Hampshire after the southern English county of Hampshire.  It is the 5th smallest and 9th least populated of the United States.


State Capital -    Concord

Largest city -    Manchester

Population -    1,323,459  (July 2013)

Area -    9304 sq. miles,  68 X 190 miles

93.9% white

State bird -    Purple Finch

State Flower -    Purple Lilac

State Tree -    White Birch

State Animal -    White Tailed Deer

State Fruit -    Pumpkin

Sports -    Baseball -    New Hampshire Fisher Cats

                  Hockey -    Manchester Monarchs

                  Football -    Manchester Freedom

New Hampshire's prominent people -    Founding father Nicholas Gilman, Revolutionary hero John Stark, Mary Baker Eddy, Robert Frost, Alan Shepard, President Franklin Pierce and Daniel Webster.


The state has no general sales tax nor is there personal income taxes thus New Hampshire has some of the nation's highest property taxes.


The state has some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast.  Major recreational attractions include skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fall foliage, summer cottages along lakes and seacoast.  New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Motorcycle Week in Weirs Beach and the Mount Washington Auto Road which is 6288' high and the tallest mountain in the northeast of the US states.   Tourists flock here for its many beaches, blue lakes, skiing the White Mountains and its brilliant fall foliage (Leaf Peepers).  There are over 200 kinds of rocks and minerals in the state of New Hampshire. 


New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any US coastal state, a length of 18 miles.  It was home of the Old Man of the Mountain until it disintegrated in May of 2003.


Mount Washington has hurricane force winds every 3rd day on average.   The fastest wind speed ever recorded in the USA was on top of this mountain in 1934 at 231 MPH.   Its largest lake is Lake Winnepesaukee, which covers 71 sq. miles.  


Hampton Beach is a popular destination. The Isles of Shoals is about 7 miles offshore, consisting of nine small islands (4 of which are in NH),  known for the site of a 19th century art colony founded by Celia Thaxter and the alleged location of one of Blackbeard's buried treasures.


The state has the highest percentage of timberland area in the country.  Its average snowfall is from 60" to over 100" across the state. 


In the summer and early autumn, the state is home to many county fairs, summer camps and summer theaters.

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