Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Vermont
Vermont, our 14th state, was admitted to the Union March 4, 1791. The 2000 census has Vermont's population at 608,827, ranking 49th in the US. With a total area of 9,614 square miles, the state ranks 45th in size. Montpelier is Vermont's capital; Burlington is its largest city.
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Vermont State Bird: Hermit thrush
Vermont State Flower: Red clover
Vermont State Motto: Freedom and unity
Vermont State Song: These Green Mountains
Vermont State Tree: Sugar Maple
Nickname: Green Mountain State
The geographic center of Vermont lies in Washington County, three miles east of Roxbury. At 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield, part of the Green Mountain Range in the Mount Mansfield National Forest, is the state's highest point. The name Vermont comes from the combination of the French words vert (green) and mont (mountain). The Green Mountains were said to have been named by Samuel de Champlain. When the state was formed in 1777, Dr. Thomas Young suggested combining vert and mont into Vermont.
Brief History: Abnaki and Mahican peoples were early inhabitants of the region. Champlain explored the lake that bears his name in 1609. The first American settlement was Fort Dummer, established in 1724 near Brattleboro. In 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys captured Fort Ticonderoga (NY) in one of the most important successes of the American Revolution. John Stark defeated part of Burgoyne's forces near Bennington in 1777. In the War of 1812, Thomas MacDonough defeated a British fleet on Lake Champlain off Plattsburgh (NY) in 1814.
Popular destinations in the Green Mountain State include the Shelburne Museum; Rock of Ages Quarry, Graniteville; Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; Bennington Battle Monument; President Calvin Coolidge homestead, Plymouth; Maple Grove Maple Museum, St. Johnsbury; Killington and Stowe Mountain Ski Resorts; and the Ben & Jerry's Factory, Waterbury.