As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.
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.
is a state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States. Vermont is the second smallest by population and the sixth smallest by area of the 50 U. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state.
states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east and New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States.
Vermont has a humid continental climate, with muddy springs, in general a mild early summer, hot Augusts; it has colorful autumns: Vermont's hills reveal red, orange, and (on sugar maples) gold foliage as cold weather approaches.
The rural northeastern section known as the "Northeast Kingdom" often averages 10 °F (5.6 °C) colder than the southern areas of the state during winter.
Ultimately, a group of settlers with New Hampshire land grant titles established the Vermont Republic in 1777 as an independent state during the American Revolutionary War.