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Vermont is a U.S. state located in New England. The state ranks 43rd in land area (9250 square miles), and its population (608,827) ranks as the second-smallest of the fifty states. As the only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for the Green Mountains in the west and Lake Champlain in the northwest. It borders Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Famous for its scenery, dairy products and maple syrup, Vermont has long been known for its liberal politics and staunchly independent political thinking. The state capital is Montpelier, while the largest city is Burlington.

Originally inhabited by Native American tribes (Iroquois, Algonquian and Abenaki), the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France but became a British possession after France's defeat in the French and Indian War. For many years, rightful control of the area was disputed by the surrounding colonies. Settlers who held land titles granted by the Province of New Hampshire, through their Green Mountain Boys militia, eventually prevailed. Vermont became the 14th state to join the United States, following a 14-year period during and after the Revolutionary War as the independent Republic of Vermont.

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Flag of the Vermont Republic

The Vermont Republic was a North American independent republic founded in 1777 and continuing until 1791, when it became the state of Vermont—the fourteenth state of the United States of America. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War, giving the area to the British. Parts of the region were controlled by the Province of New York and the Province of New Hampshire, with overlap due to controversy surrounding the New Hampshire Grants, and George III's decision to make that part of New York. (more)

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Ralph Edward Flanders

Ralph Flanders was an American mechanical engineer, industrialist and Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Vermont. He was noted for introducing a 1954 motion in the Senate to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was the first born of 10 children in Barnet, Vermont, but lived a large amount of his childhood in Rhode Island. His career began with an apprenticeship, progressed into engineering, journalism, management, policy consulting, banking, finance, and finally politics when he was elected U.S. Senator from Vermont. (more)

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  • January 22, 2018: Vermont governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the growing of two marijuana plants. This makes Vermont the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through the state legislature as opposed to through ballot initiatives. (Washington Post)
  • "'January 6, 2011 Peter Shumlin is elected governor.

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