About Vermont:The Vermont region was explored and claimed for France by Samuel de Champlain in 1609, and the first French settlement was established at Fort Ste. Anne in 1666. The first English settlers moved into the area in 1724, and built Fort Dummer on the site of present-day Brattleboro. England gained control of the area in 1763 after the French and Indian Wars. The French Indian War helped to bring about important changes in the British colonies. The colonies reduced their dependence on British aid and, by the end of the war, they became invested heavily in their own independence.
The Green Mountain Boys, led by Ethan Allen, (first organized to drive settlers from New York out of Vermont) won fame by capturing Fort Ticonderoga from the British on May 10, 1775. In 1777, Vermont adopted its first constitution, abolishing slavery and providing for universal male suffrage without property qualifications.
Vermont leads the nation in the production of monument granite, marble, and maple syrup. It is also a leader in the production of talc. Vermont’s rugged, rocky terrain discourages extensive agricultural farming, but is well suited to the fruit and dairy industries. Vermont exports include electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, printing and publishing equipment, and paper products.
Tourism is a major industry in Vermont. Vermont’s many famous ski areas include Stowe, which is surrounded by mountains and has one of the largest ski resorts in New England. Hunting and fishing also attracts many visitors to Vermont each year. Among the many points of interest are the Green Mountain National Forest, Bennington Battle Monument, the Calvin Coolidge Homestead at Plymouth, and the Marble Exhibit in Proctor.
A Few facts about Vermont:
• The population of Vermont is 621,394 people.
• Land size, 9,250 square miles.
• Persons per square mile is 65.8
• 5.6% are kids under the age of 5 years old.
• 24.2% persons under the age of 18 years old.
• 12.7% of people are over the age of 65 years old.
• 51% female persons.
• The median household income is $40,856.
• The average per capita money income is $20,625.
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