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"Vermont was initially settled in the early 18th century by both the British and French, and conflicts between the two nations continued until the French defeat in the French and Indian War, after which the land was ceded to England. During the American Revolution, Vermont declared independence separately from the original 13 colonies, although the Continental Congress refused to recognize it. Vermont was finally admitted to the union as the 14th state in 1790, after 14 years as an independent republic. The name of the state is derived from”montagne verte,” French for green mountain, giving rise to the state’s “Green Mountain State” nickname. Today, Vermont’s mountains are a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. It is the country’s leading producer of maple syrup and is the home of the popular Ben & Jerry’s ice cream."

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"With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S."

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"Vermont is worth a visit any time of year. In the spring and summer, nature enthusiasts abound, eager to wade in its endless swimming holes, kayak in its vast lakes and hike its hundreds of trails that lead to seemingly endless vistas. In the winter, resorts like Killington and Stowe host the northeast skiing community, who plow through powder down to bustling lodges below."

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Brattleboro

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"Prior to the 1700’s, Vermont was home to the Abenaki. The area now known as Brattleboro was primarily uninhabited, but its rivers and woods were used for transportation and food. Fort Dummer was built here as the first English settlement in Vermont in 1724 as protection against the Abenaki. The wooden, walled fort defended against native and French attacks. In 1728 it became a trading post."

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St. Johnsbury

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"The first settler in St. Johnsbury was Jonathan Arnold, a native of Rhode Island. In 1787 he built the first framed dwelling in town on a spot at the north end of Main Street now known as Arnold Park. In 1790 St. Johnsbury was officially organized and given its name at the first town meeting. Colonel Ethan Allen had suggested the name "St. John" as a tribute to Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, French Consul, experimental farmer and writer, who was considered a powerful friend of young America. De Crevecoeur himself suggested that, since there were many places called "St. John" already in existence, this one might be given the name of "St. Johnsbury"... thus making our town unique, as there was no other St. Johnsbury in the world. This distinction remains today."

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