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Vermont ( /vərˈmɒnt, vɜːr-/ ( About this sound listen)) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. It was ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016.

For thousands of years indigenous peoples, including the Mohawk and the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki, occupied much of the territory that is now Vermont and was later claimed by France's colony of New France. France ceded the territory to Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War. Thereafter, the nearby colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed the extent of the area called the New Hampshire Grants to the west of the Connecticut River, encompassing present-day Vermont. The provincial government of New York sold land grants to settlers in the region, which conflicted with earlier grants from the government of New Hampshire. The Green Mountain Boys militia protected the interests of the established New Hampshire land grant settlers against the newly arrived settlers with land titles granted by New York.

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Ben and Jerry's in Singapore

Ben & Jerry's is a brand of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream novelty products, manufactured by Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings, Inc. It is headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, with the main factory in Waterbury, Vermont.

In 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, instantly popular. In 1979, on the first anniversary, they celebrated the first ever Free Cone Day, still popular across the country. The company kept getting increasingly popular until, in 1984, Häagen-Dazs tried to limit distribution of Ben & Jerry’s in Boston, prompting Ben & Jerry’s to file suit against the parent company, Pillsbury.

Recently, the company has managed to go to environmentally friendly packaging, using unbleached paperboard Eco-Pint containers. (more)

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Ralph Edward Flanders

Ralph Flanders was an American mechanical engineer, industrialist and Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Vermont. He was noted for introducing a 1954 motion in the Senate to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was the first born of 10 children in Barnet, Vermont, but lived a large amount of his childhood in Rhode Island. His career began with an apprenticeship, progressed into engineering, journalism, management, policy consulting, banking, finance, and finally politics when he was elected U.S. Senator from Vermont. (more)

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  • January 22, 2018: Vermont governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the growing of two marijuana plants. This makes Vermont the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through the state legislature as opposed to through ballot initiatives. (Washington Post)
  • "'January 6, 2011 Peter Shumlin is elected governor.

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