Vermont

The Green Mountain State

Vermont is the sixth smallest state in area and second least populated in the United States.  It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean.  Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border, which it shares with New York.  The Green Mountains is within the state of Vermont.  

Vermont was originally inhabited by two major Native American tribes, the Abenaki and the Iroquois.  Much of the territory known as Vermont was claimed by France during its early colonial period.  France ceded the territory to the Kingdom of Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Year's War (the French and Indian War).  Settlers who held land titles were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which eventually prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic.  Founded in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, the Republic lasted 14 years.  Vermont is one of only four United States (along with Texas, Hawaii and California) to have been a sovereign state in its past.  

 

In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the 14th state.  It was the first state to partially abolish slavery while still independent.

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Vermont's motto is Freedom and Unity.

State Capital -  Montpelier

Population -  626,630 (2013 est.), Ranked 49th in US

State Bird - Hermit Thrush

State Fish - Brook Trout, Walleye Pike

State Flower - Red Clover

State Mammal - Morgan Horse

State Drink - Milk

State Tree - Sugar Maple

Sports Teams - 

Baseball: Vermont Lake Monsters

Basketball - Vermont Frost Heaves

Vermont Catamounts

Largest City - Burlington

Total Area - 9620 square miles,  80 X 160 miles, ranked 45th in US

Birthplace of past United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur

Residents are called "Vermonters."

Admitted to the Union - The Vermont Republic became the 14th state of the the Union on March 4, 1791.

Agriculture - 78% of Vermont's land area is forested.

 

Vermont is mostly covered by forests, many or which are maple trees, the sap of which is used to make maple syrup.  Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.  

The state capital, Montpelier's population is 7,855, the least populated state capital in the country.  Vermont is the second 'whitest' state in the nation, with 94.3% white.  Vermont is the 7th coldest state in the country.  Its winters are too cold for it to snow.

 

Dairy farming is the primary source of agricultural income.  An important and growing part of Vermont's economy is the manufacture and sale of artisan foods, fancy foods and novelty items; Vermont Teddy Bear Co., Cabot Cheese, Vermont Butter & Cheese Co., micro breweries, Burton Snowboards, King Arthur Flour and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

 

Vermont's largest for-profit employer, IBM, provides 25 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the state.  Tourism is an important industry, with some of the largest ski areas in New England.   Trout fishing, skiing and ice fishing draw tourists to the area.  

 

Vermont contains the traditional centers of Marble and granite quarries and is the largest producer of slate in the country.