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UNITED STATES > INTRODUCTION - UNITED STATES (HISTORY AND INFO ABOUT EACH STATE)

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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 24010 comments This is a folder dedicated to the history of each state of the United States.

Please feel free to add books, information about events that have occurred or will occur in the future, famous favorite sons and daughters of each state, places, attractions, and any historical events, etc. as well as the history of any aspect of the state's government, culture or anything else of distinction.

Also, please feel free to add any images of historical importance in each state.

Note: The History Book Club does not allow any spam or self promotion of any kind.


message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 17, 2011 03:31PM) (new)

Bentley | 24010 comments The states in the Northeastern most corner of the United States are the New England States:

Maine
New Hampshire
Vermont
Massachusetts
Connecticut
Rhode Island


New England is a region in the northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. New England is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada (the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec) and the State of New York.

In one of the earliest European settlements in North America, Pilgrims from England first settled in New England in 1620, to form Plymouth Colony. Ten years later, the Puritans settled north of Plymouth Colony in Boston, thus forming Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.

Over the next 130 years, New England participated in four French and Indian Wars, until the British defeated the French and their native allies in North America. In the late 18th century, the New England Colonies initiated the resistance to the British Parliament's efforts to impose new taxes without the consent of the colonists.

The Boston Tea Party was a protest that angered Great Britain, which responded with the Coercive Acts, stripping the colonies of self-government. The confrontation led to open warfare in 1775, the expulsion of the British from New England in spring 1776, and the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.

The first movements of American literature, philosophy, and education originated in New England. The region played a prominent role in the movement to abolish slavery and was the first region of the United States to be transformed by the Industrial Revolution.

Today, New England is a major world center of education, high technology, insurance, and medicine. Boston is its cultural, financial, educational, medical and transportation center.

Locally, each state is subdivided into small incorporated municipalities known as New England towns, which are often governed by town meeting. Voters have voted more often for liberal candidates at the state and federal level than those of any other region in the United States.

New England has the only non-geographic regional name recognized by the federal government. It maintains a strong sense of cultural identity set apart from the rest of the country, although the terms of this identity are often contested, paradoxically combining Puritanism with liberalism, agrarian life with industry, and isolation with immigration.



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