Vermont State Study

VermontVermont was the home of Algonquin speaking tribes before the French claimed the land in 1609. After the French and Indian War it passed into the hands of the British who lost it following their defeat in the American War for Independence. In 1777 Vermont separated from New Hampshire, declared independence from England and became an independent state. Vermont governed itself an an independent country until it was admitted to the union in 1791.

Vermont is the second least populated state and is very rural, its capital city with a population of less than 8000. The major industries are maple syrup production, logging, dairy farming, tourism, and the IBM manufacturing plant in Essex Junction. The economy is very stagnant and not expected to grow for at least the next thirty years.

The state is known for its natural beauty with forest covered hills, mountains and gorgeous lakes.Lake Champlain is the largest lake in Vermont. The Green Mountains run north and south through the state.  The most fertile farming region is along Lake Champlain in the Champlain valley.

This is a view across the Vermont countryside. In the far distance you see the Green Mountains. The lake is Lake Champlain. Photo by Rosie De Lise, CC license, Wikimedia.

Printable Vermont Map Exploration

Color a Vermont Map.  Include major cities and landmarks.  Label with the aid of a student atlas.  Find Vermont on a map of the United States.

Additional Layers

  • The Green Mountain Boys of Ethan Allen were from Vermont and were indispensable in winning the Revolutionary war.  Find more about them.
  • Vermont is known for its maple syrup.  Get some real maple syrup from the store and compare it to the fake stuff.  Mmmmm . . . pancakes here we come.
  • Vermont is one of the least populated of the United States.  Its capital at Montpelier is the smallest capital city in the US with just over 7000 inhabitants.
This is the capitol building in Montpelier, Vermont. Photo by Jared C. Benedict, CC license, Wikimedia.

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