Vermont is one of only four U.S. states that were once independent. The other three included Texas, Hawaii, and California. According to its land area, Vermont is rather small, being only slightly larger than Israel.
On this day in 1791 the state of Vermont became part of the United States of America. It is interesting that Vermont used to be an independent state during the 14 years before that, being outside both the USA and the British colonial empire. Namely, Vermont declared its independence from Britain in early 1777, i.e. soon after the 13 U.S. colonies which had founded the U.S. (those 13 colonies had declared their independence by the famous declaration of 1776).
Vermont became part of the U.S. after 14 years of independence, being the first state to join the U.S. after the original 13 (i.e. Vermont became the 14th U.S. state). The name Vermont is probably of French origin, and means “Green Mountain”.
It is interesting that Vermont is one of only four U.S. states that were previously independent states. The other three are Texas, Hawaii, and California. Today Vermont is one of the smallest U.S. states. According to its land area, Vermont is rather small, being only slightly larger than Israel, and is home to around 626,000 people (Wyoming is the only U.S. state with fewer inhabitants).