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New England is a region comprising six states in the Northeastern United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick to the northeast and Quebec to the north. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the southwest. Boston is New England's largest city, as well as the capital of Massachusetts. Greater Boston is the largest metropolitan area, with nearly a third of New England's population; this area includes Worcester, Massachusetts (the second-largest city in New England), Manchester, New Hampshire (the largest city in New Hampshire), and Providence, Rhode Island (the capital of and largest city in Rhode Island).
In 1620, Puritan Separatist Pilgrims from England established Plymouth Colony, the second successful English settlement in America, following the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia founded in 1607. Ten years later, more Puritans established Massachusetts Bay Colony north of Plymouth Colony. Over the next 126 years, people in the region fought in four French and Indian Wars, until the English colonists and their Iroquois allies defeated the French and their Algonquian allies in America. In 1692, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas experienced the Salem witch trials, one of the most infamous cases of mass hysteria in American history. (Full article...)
Tropical Storm Carrie
Satellite image of Carrie near Massachusetts
was a strong tropical storm that affected the East Coast of the United States in early September 1972. The third tropical cyclone
of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season
, Carrie formed on August 29 from a complex sequence of meteorological events starting with the emergence of a tropical wave
into the Atlantic in the middle of August. Tracking nominally northward throughout its life, Carrie reached an initial peak intensity as a moderate tropical storm before nearly weakening back into tropical depression status. The storm began to reintensify owing to baroclinic processes
after turning toward the northwest; its winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) eclipsed the cyclone's previous maximum strength as it was transitioning into an extratropical system
. The extratropical remnants of Carrie skirted eastern New England
before making landfall in Maine
on September 4 and dissipating over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
over the next two days. (Full article...
Flag of Rhode Island
Co-ordinates 41.7°N 71.5°W
Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
, is the smallest in area
, the 8th least populous
, but the 2nd most densely populated
of the 50 U.S. states
Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other colony. The State was also the last of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State," a reference to the State's geography, since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about fourteen (14) percent of its total area. Its land area is 1,045 square miles (2706 km2), but its total area is significantly larger. (Full article...)
Location of New England (red) in the United States
MBTA Commuter Rail serves eastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island, radiating from downtown Boston, with planned service to New Hampshire. The CTrail system operates the Shore Line East and Hartford Line, covering coastal Connecticut, Hartford, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Flag of the New England Governor's Conference (NEGC)
Ivy League universities. Pictured here is Harvard Yard of Harvard University.
New England is home to four of the eight
coastal plains in the southeast, and hills, mountains and valleys in the west and the north.
A political and geographical map of New England shows the
Indigenous territories, circa 1600 in present-day southern New England
John Smith coined the name "New England" in 1616.
Soldier and explorer
Largest self-reported ancestry groups in New England. Americans of Irish descent form a plurality in most of Massachusetts, while Americans of English descent form a plurality in much of the central parts of Vermont and New Hampshire as well as nearly all of Maine.
Boston. People who claim Irish descent constitute the largest ethnic group in New England.
World's largest Irish flag in
Vergennes, Vermont, are popular in New England towns.
Opera houses and theaters, like the Vergennes Opera House in
Location of New England (red) in North America
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