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Vermont, the "Green Mountain State"

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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). In 1791, Vermont was the 14th state to join the Union. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys defended their homeland from the British during the Revolutionary War. Vermont is famous for the scenic Green Mountains which run the entire length of the state. Although manufacturing and a growing service industry sector are now the most important economic activities in the state, Vermont has one of the lowest percentages of city dwellers of any state. Many vacationers go to Vermont just for the beautiful scenery. In the fall, the state is ablaze with the flaming colors of turning leaves. Vermont's quiet towns and villages are also favorite scenes. The mountains, lakes and streams offer a variety of recreational activities from skiing in the winter to hiking and camping in the summer. 

1609 entdeckte der französiche Entdecker Samuel de Champlain einen großen See im Gebiet des heutigen Vermont und benannte ihn nach sich selber. Der Name des Staates setzt sich aus den zwei französischen Worten vert (grün) und mont (Berg) zusammen. 1791 war Vermont der 14. Bundesstaat, der sich dem Verbund anschloss. Im Unabhängigkeitskrieg verteidigten Ethan Allen und die Green Mountain Boys ihre Heimat gegen die Briten. Vermont ist berühmt für seine malerischen Green Mountains, die sich durch den gesamten Bundesstaat ziehen. Obwohl die herstellende Industrie und der stetig wachsende Dienstleistungssektor inzwischen zu den wichtigsten Wirtschaftssektoren des Staates zählen, ist Vermont der Bundesstaat mit dem geringsten Anteil an Stadtbewohnern. Viele Urlauber kommen allein wegen der landschaftlichen Schönheit nach Vermont. Im Herbst erglüht das ganze Land in den flammenden Farben der sich verfärbenden Blätter. Ebenso gehören die ruhigen Städtchen und Dörfer Vermonts zum Besucherprogramm. Die Berge, Seen und Flüsse bieten sich an für eine Vielzahl von Freizeitbeschäftigungen von Skifahren im Winter bis zu Wandern und Camping im Sommer.

Governor: James Douglas, R (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Bernard Sanders, I (Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2013); Patrick Leahy, D (to Jan. 2011)
House of Representatives: 1 district | Search by zip code

Population (April 2005):
623,000; National Rank: 49; Percent change since April 2000: 2.3%
Land Area: 9,249 sq mi. (23,956 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est): Burlington, 38,531; Rutland, 17,046; South Burlington, 16,993; Barre, 9,128; Essex Junction, 8,841; Montpelier, 8,003; St. Albans, 7,476; Winooski, 6,353; Newport, 5,207; Northfield, 3,157

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 23.1
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$33,327; National Rank: 22
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
4,240; National Rank: 33
Agriculture: Dairy products, cattle, hay, apples, maple products.
Industry: Electronic equipment, fabricated metal products, printing and publishing, paper products, tourism.

State of Vermont Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
State and Local Government on the Internet

· Vermont Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Vermont
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Vermont

· Vermont - Regional Accounts Data

· Vermont State Emblems
· Wikipedia: Vermont


State of Vermont Tourist Office
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· State of Vermont: Visitors

For High School Students
· State Report
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Teacher Resources
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Vermont

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