(State of New Hampshire)
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- Location: Northeastern United States
- Capital: Concord
- Language(s): English
- Population: 1,376,262
- Total Area: 24,217 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: There are various brands of beers in the state.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beers
- Nickname(s): The Granite State
- What You Must Do in: See Mount Monadnock
New Hampshire is one of the six New England states and is also one of the 13 original states. Located at the far northeastern end of the country, New Hampshire is bordered to the east by Atlantic Ocean (to have the shortest coastline in the United States) and Maine, the state of Vermont to the west, Massachusetts to the south and Quebec (a province of Canada). The state is one of the smallest in the country –both in land area and in the size of population. Popularly called the Granite State to reflect its geological endowments, New Hampshire is named after the English county called Hampshire. Apart from being rich in extensive granite deposits, New Hampshire is also the place for mountain ranges and one of the best known of these is the Presidential Range. The climate of the state has been classified as being humid continental and that translates to cold winters and warm summers. The largest city in the state is Manchester but the capital is Concord.
For a state that is situated close to the Atlantic seaboard, it is only normal to have a huge number of immigrants especially from Europe settling in the area. Today, more than 90% of the citizens in the state are Whites and are mainly descendants of missionaries and explorers from England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Poland, Sweden, Germany and Greece. The largest religion in New Hampshire is Christianity and the main denominations are the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestantism. There is a small population of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists. English is the principal language but in some other communities, French and Spanish are spoken, especially in the immigrant settlements.
Food in New Hampshire is quite similar to what I took in the other states in the northeastern part of the country called New England. One dish that you will not miss even if you are just passing through the state is tourtiére, a special type of meat pie that is also widely consumed in the Canadian province of Quebec, which is not too far from New Hampshire. You will also be treated to an astonishing variety of seafood –clams, mussels, lobsters, crabs, salmon, trout, haddock and cod. There are various ways of preparing these foods and some of the most popular methods include boiling, frying or baking. As for me, I will go for the deep-fried at any time. Apple pie is also another popular dish in the state and it is usually served with cheese and is taken in the morning. You may also decide to taste the New England pot roast or succotash and you will be more than glad that you did.
All over the New England states, there are breweries and getting a chilled bottle of ale apart from a hot day brings no stress at all. You may also try out the alcoholic cider that is sold at many of the state’s bars and local restaurants. New Hampshire is surely the real deal.
The state is full of ardent followers of sports. Physical and recreational activities are quite popular in the state. These include soccer, baseball and basketball. The state is also known as a center for car racing.
- Of all the states in the United States, New Hampshire was the first to have its own constitution.
- The state is also known for its granite deposits.
- The Hampton Beach is a renowned spot for fun seekers and vacationers from all parts of the globe.
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