French explorer Samuel de Champlain came to Vermont in 1609 guided by Algonquin Indians from Canada. Between 1777, when Vermont established its independence, and 1791, when it joined the Union as the 14th state, Vermont was truly independent - with its own coins and its own postal service. Vermont is nicknamed the Green Mountain State because of the Green Mountains which run all the way through the middle of the state. The Green Mountains is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. In fact, the state's name is derived from it: Ver, from the French word for green, vert; and -mont from mountain.
This information was drawfrom the State of Vermont website, where you will find more detail on Vermont history and culture.
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