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Important Dates in Vermont

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1609 Samuel de Champlain claimed the Vermont region for France.
1666 The French built a fort dedicated to Saint Anne on Isle La Motte in Lake Champlain.
1690 Jacobus de Warm led British soldiers from Albany, New York, to a point near the site of present-day Middlebury.

1749-1763 Benning Wentworth, royal governor of New Hampshire, made 131 grants of Vermont land (the New Hampshire Grants), despite the fact that New York claimed the same land.
1754 Massachusetts established Fort Dummer, the first permanent white settlement in the Vermont region.
1763 England gained control of Vermont as a result of the French and Indian War.
1764 England recognized land grants made by New York and ordered settlers who held New Hampshire Grants to either surrender their land or pay New York for it.
1770 Settlers who held New Hampshire Grants formed the Green Mountain Boys to defend their claims.
1775 The Green Mountain Boys, led by Ethan Allen, captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in the Revolutionary War.
1777, January 15 Vermont settlers declared their territory an independent republic and named it New Connecticut.
1777, August 16 The Battle of Bennington was fought.
1790 Vermont settled its land dispute with New York by paying that state $30,000.
1791, March 4 Vermont became the 14th state.

1823 The opening of the Champlain Canal created a water route from Lake Champlain to New York's Hudson River.
1864 Confederate soldiers raided St. Albans in the northernmost land action of the Civil War.

1911 Vermont became the first state with an official publicity bureau to attract tourists.

See Also

Samuel de Champlain
Albany, New York
French and Indian War
Ethan Allen
Battle of Bennington
Civil War

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