New Hampshire History

New Hampshire was the 9th state in the USA; it became a state on June 21, 1788.

State Abbreviation - NH
State Capital - Concord
Largest City - Manchester
Area - 9,351 square miles [New Hampshire is the 46th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 1,323,459 (as of 2013) [New Hampshire is the 42nd most populous state in the USA]
Major Industries - textiles, lumber, tourism, electronic equipment, software

Presidential Birthplace - Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough (now Hillsboro) on November 23, 1804 (he was the 14th US President, serving from 1853 to 1857).

Major Rivers - Androscoggin River, Connecticut River, Merrimack River
Major Lake - Lake Winnipesaukee
Highest Point - Mt. Washington - 6,288 feet (1,917 m) above sea level
Number of Counties - 10
Bordering States - Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont
Bordering Country - Canada
Bordering Body of Water - Atlantic Ocean

Origin of the Name New Hampshire - New Hampshire was named for Hampshire, England, by Captain John Mason.
State Nickname - Granite State
State Motto - "Live Free or Die"
State Song - Old New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Symbols and Emblems:

State Flag

The official state flag of New Hampshire was adopted in 1909 (but its design has been in use since 1784). The flag pictures the state seal on a deep blue field (background). The state seal has the ship "Raleigh" sailing near a large gray granite rock, in front of a yellow sun rising over blue water. The Raleigh was built to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. The scene is surrounded by the words, "SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 1776," and yellow laurel leaves interspersed with nine yellow stars (since New Hampshire was the ninth state in the US). New Hampshire became a state in 1788

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