Alabama is a state in the southeastern part of the country that is known for its Civil Rights Movement landmarks. The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, now a museum, served as a protest headquarters in the 1960s.
Vermont is a state located in the northeastern United States, known for its naturally forested landscape. This region of New England boasts more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, as well as being a major maple syrup producer. There are hiking trails and ski slopes that cross thousands of acres of mountain terrain.
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About 13,000 years ago, people lived in the land we now call Vermont. Throughout history, Native American tribes such as the Abenaki, the Mohican, the Pennacook, the Pocomtuc, and the Massachusett have lived on the land; today, there are still Abenakis living in Vermont.
Samuel de Champlain claimed part of the region for France in 1609. In 1724, the British established the first permanent settlement in the area. Nine years of war broke out between the two European powers in 1754, until Britain emerged victorious. In 1777, Vermont declared independence from New York after King George III merged the area into part of New York. In the Revolutionary War, Vermont fought for the American cause. However, the Green Mountain State remained separate from the United States for 14 years, which meant it had its own currency, postal service, constitution, and president. Vermont became the 14th state in 1791.
Vermont fought on the Union side during the Civil War (1861-1865).
Vermont's mammals include black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, red foxes, fishers, and martens. A few of Vermont's winged residents include barred owls, ospreys, peregrine falcons, ruffed grouse, American robins, and eastern bluebirds.
Among the state's reptiles are snapping turtles, five-lined skinks, and red-bellied snakes. The amphibians include mudpuppies (a kind of salamander), American bullfrogs, and Jefferson salamanders.
Sugar maple sap is the source of Vermont's famous maple syrup. Besides yellow birch, pine, spruce, and cedar, other common trees include yellow birch, pine, and spruce. As well as its wildflowers, the Green Mountain State is known for its wild bleeding hearts, bulbous buttercups, pink fairies, and sweet white violets.
Forests cover about 78 percent of Vermont's territory, generating about 1.5 billion dollars in revenue each year. The state produces almost two million gallons of maple syrup every year - enough to fill about 40,000 bathtubs.
In addition to granite, marble, and slate, Vermont is also famous for its mining industry.