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Vermont A Study of Independence   By: (1833-1900)

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American Commonwealths.

EDITED BY

HORACE E. SCUDDER.

[Illustration: (Map of)

VERMONT TO ACCOMPANY ROWLAND E. ROBINSON'S VERMONT in AMERICAN COMMONWEALTHS

THE MATTHEWS NORTHRUP CO., BUFFALO, N. Y.]

American Commonwealths

VERMONT

A STUDY OF INDEPENDENCE

BY

ROWLAND E. ROBINSON

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1892

Copyright, 1892, BY ROWLAND E. ROBINSON.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE HIGHWAY OF WAR 1

II. THE WILDERNESS DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WARS 15

III. OCCUPATION AND SETTLEMENT 47

IV. THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GRANTS 57

V. THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS 68

VI. THE WESTMINSTER MASSACRE 90

VII. TICONDEROGA 100

VIII. GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS IN CANADA 115

IX. LAKE CHAMPLAIN 132

X. VERMONT AN INDEPENDENT COMMONWEALTH 139

XI. TICONDEROGA; HUBBARDTON 151

XII. BENNINGTON 165

XIII. SUBSEQUENT OPERATIONS OF VERMONT TROOPS 179

XIV. THE UNIONS 189

XV. THE HALDIMAND CORRESPONDENCE 203

XVI. UNIONS DISSOLVED 225

XVII. "THE REPUBLIC OF THE GREEN MOUNTAINS" 238

XVIII. THE NEW STATE 254

XIX. VERMONT IN THE WAR OF 1812 269

XX. OLD TIME CUSTOMS AND INDUSTRIES 292

XXI. RELIGION, EDUCATION, AND TEMPERANCE 307

XXII. EMIGRATION 324

XXIII. "THE STAR THAT NEVER SETS" 333

XXIV. VERMONT IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION 340

XXV. THE VERMONT PEOPLE 354

INDEX 367

VERMONT.

CHAPTER I.

THE HIGHWAY OF WAR.

Champlain, in the account of his voyage made in July, 1609, up the lake to which he gave his name, mentions almost incidentally that, "continuing our route along the west side of the lake, contemplating the country, I saw on the east side very high mountains capped with snow. I asked the Indians if those parts were inhabited. They answered me yes, and that they were Iroquois, and there were in those parts beautiful valleys, and fields fertile in corn as good as any I had ever eaten in the country, with an infinitude of other fruits, and that the lake extended close to the mountains, which were, according to my judgment, fifteen leagues from us."

It was doubtless then that the eyes of white men first beheld the lofty landmarks and western bounds of what is now Vermont. If the wise and brave explorer gave more thought to the region than is indicated in this brief mention of it, perhaps it was to forecast a future wherein those fertile valleys, wrested by his people from the savagery of the wilderness and the heathen, should be made to blossom like the rose, while the church, of which he was so devout a son that he had said "the salvation of one soul was of more value than the conquest of an empire," should here build its altars, and gather to itself a harvest richer by far than any earthly garner... Continue reading book >>




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