(State of Vermont)
- Location: Northeastern United States
- Capital: Montpelier
- Language(s): English
- Population: 625,741
- Total Area: 24,923 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Lagers and ales are widely produced.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Maple syrup, wines, beers
- What You Must Do in Vermont: Tour Burlington
The state of Vermont, also known as the Green Mountain State is one of the New England states located in the northeastern part of the nation and is the smallest landlocked states in the country. Admitted as part of the Union in 1791, the state of Vermont shares borders with New York on the west, New Hampshire on the east and to the south of the state lies Massachusetts. To the north of the state is Quebec, which is one of the provinces of Canada. Of all the six New England states, Vermont is the only one not to have a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and its major physical feature are the Green Mountains, which forms an extension of the Appalachian Mountains. The state has a humid continental climate and that means wet summers and cold winters. Initially called the Republic of New Connecticut, the name ‘Vermont’ was adopted in 1777. The state is known for its sophisticated printing industries and for having some of the largest granite pits on the planet.
Of all the New England states, Vermont has the least population. However, more than 95% of Vermonters are Whites with many having French (or French Canadian), German, English, Irish, Italian, Scottish, Russian, Swedish and Dutch roots. Many of those with French Canadian ancestry are found in the northern parts of the state close to the Canadian province of Quebec known for its large French population. Other ethnic groups in the state include the Blacks (African Americans), American Indians (Native Americans), Asians, Native Hawaiians (and other Pacific Islanders). Christianity is the major religion in the state and the largest denominations in the state include the Protestant and Roman Catholic Church. Other faiths like Islam and Buddhism also have a considerable representation in the state.
To stay in Vermont means having access to some of the best American dishes. While on vacation in the state, I thoroughly satisfied my culinary curiosity with many of the meals prepared and enjoyed by Vermonters. Another thing that you will find quite interesting about the meals is their sheer diversity and it is only imperative that I mention some of these foods: dilly beans, corn chowder, baked beans, apple butter, pancake, oyster cracker and oatmeal. Also, if you have a taste for the exotic, you should try the rhubarb pie –quite tasty and delicious.
Interestingly, one of the most popular drinks in the state has its origins in Canada and as you might have guessed, it is maple syrup. The drink is so popular that every April, there is a three-day festival celebrating the syrup. If you do not attend the Vermont Maple Festival, your visit to the state is not complete. For those interesting in strong booze, the state is home to a number of breweries that produce high-quality liquors. It is also interesting to know that these breweries are specialists when it comes to producing nice lagers and ales. You will also find Vermont wines to be refreshing.
The following sports are known to be the most popular in the state:
- Vermont is the smallest landlocked state in the United States.
- The state shares a border with Canada.
- Brigham Young, leader of the Mormons, was born in Vermont.
- The health system of the state is one of the most impressive in the country.
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