Vermont is a U.S. state located in New England. The state ranks 43rd in land area (9250 square miles), and its population (608,827) ranks as the second-smallest of the fifty states. As the only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for the Green Mountains in the west and Lake Champlain in the northwest. It borders Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Famous for its scenery, dairy products and maple syrup, Vermont has long been known for its liberal politics and staunchly independent political thinking. The state capital is Montpelier, while the largest city is Burlington.
Originally inhabited by Native American tribes (Iroquois, Algonquian and Abenaki), the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France but became a British possession after France's defeat in the French and Indian War. For many years, rightful control of the area was disputed by the surrounding colonies. Settlers who held land titles granted by the Province of New Hampshire, through their Green Mountain Boys militia, eventually prevailed. Vermont became the 14th state to join the United States, following a 14-year period during and after the Revolutionary War as the independent Republic of Vermont.
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)
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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