Vermont

Vermont (Brand USA Photo)
Vermont (Brand USA Photo)

In 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain came upon a large lake in the area we know today as Vermont and named it after himself. The state’s name comes from two French words vert (green) and mont (mountain), which explains Vermont’s nickname, the “Green Mountain State.” Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys defended their homeland from the British during the Revolutionary War. Vermont is one of the six New England states and became the 14th state in 1791. Some of Vermont’s major industries are dairy farming and tourism. One of the most picturesque states, Vermont has millions of visitors each year who come to see the leaves turn colors in the fall and the snow-covered mountains in the winter. The state flower is the red clover and the tree is the sugar maple. Vermont maple syrup is one of the state’s most popular products.

Capital City: Montpelier
Nickname: Green Mountain State
Motto: Freedom and Unity
Statehood: March 4, 1791 (14th)
Origin of State’s Name: Based on “verts monts,” French for green mountains
Largest Cities: Burlington
Border States: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York
Land Area: 9,249 sq. mi., 43rd largest
State Bird: Hermit Thrush
State Flower: Red Clover (trifolium pratense)
State Tree: Sugar Maple (acer saccharum)
State Song: Hail, Vermont