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In 1622, Captain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges received a patent from the Council for New England for all the territory lying between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers. In 1629 they divided the grant along the Piscataqua River, with Mason receiving the southern portion. Captain John Mason recharted the colony as 'Province of New Hampshire' after the English county of Hampshire (He had been captain of the port of Portsmouth in Hampshire county of England) It included most of the southeastern part of the current state of New Hampshire, as well as portions of present-day Massachusetts north of the Merrimack. Mason never set foot in New Hampshire as he died while preparing for his first voyage to the new colony.
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New Hampshire is the first of the 13 original colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain. The state did so six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. So, New Hampshire’s delegates were given the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, thereby securing the two-thirds vote needed to make the document the law of the land.


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New Hampshire still uses its original state constitution, ratified in 1784. It’s the second-oldest continuously used constitution in the United States. (Massachusetts’ state constitution is the world's oldest functioning constitution in continuous effect)
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The first public library in the United States was founded in 1833 in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
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The Old Man of the Mountain, the natural rock formation of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire, that appear to form a man’s haggard profile, was New Hampshire’s pride and joy until it collapsed in 2003.
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The very first potato planted in America took seed in Nutfield, New Hampshire (now known as Derry, New Hampshire)

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The fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was the first and only president to hail from the Granite State. When Pierce was inaugurated in 1853 at the age of 48, he was the youngest man to take the office to date.
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Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, invented the first alarm clock in 1787. It only rang at 4 a.m., the time he woke up.
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For each presidential election cycle, New Hampshire holds the first primary election in the United States. New Hampshire's officials are bound by state law to hold the primary "on the Tuesday at least seven days immediately preceding the date on which any other state shall hold a similar election."
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The then world record for the highest wind speed over land was recorded on Mount Washington April 12, 1934. The wind gust clocked in at 231 miles per hour (372 km/h). Currently it is the second highest surface wind speed ever officially recorded as Barrow Island, Australia beat that record in 1996 (The fastest wind speed ever recorded on Earth, 408 km/h or 253 mph, was on Barrow Island, Australia during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996)
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New Hampshire’s state sport is skiing. The first ski club in the country, the Nansen Ski Club, was formed in 1882 in Berlin, New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire is also known as The Granite State because of the vast amount of granite that is found throughout the state.
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New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die” and was coined by General John Stark in 1809. He wrote, “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.”
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American Poet, editor and author Sarah Josepha Hale was born in Newport, New Hampshire. She served as editor of Ladies’ Magazine and Godey’s Lady’s Book for over 40 years. Her collection 'Poems for Our Children', which included the famous nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (originally titled "Mary's Lamb"), was published in 1830
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The 1995 blockbuster “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams, was set and filmed in the city of Keene, New Hampshire
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17-year-old Luther C. Ladd of Alexandria, New Hampshire is believed to be the first soldier killed during the Civil War.
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New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. coastal state, with a length of 18 miles (29 km)
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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center of Concord, New Hampshire commemorates two New Hampshire residents and astronauts, Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe. Shepard was the first American in orbit and was a resident of Derry. McAuliffe was a teacher in Concord who was selected as the first civilian to go to space. She died in the Challenger explosion.
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Dixville Notch, New Hampshire is the first place in America to cast votes on presidential election day, with voting beginning at Midnight.
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New Hampshire is the only state where a foreign war has been formally ended. The Treaty of Portsmouth, signed in 1905, put an end to the Russo-Japanese War, fought over competing imperial interests. Teddy Roosevelt moderated the talks, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
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New Hampshire is the only U.S. state that does not by law require adult drivers to wear safety belts while operating a motor vehicle
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Portsmouth was named Portsmouth in honor of the colony's founder, John Mason (He had been captain of the port of Portsmouth in Hampshire county of England) In 1679, Portsmouth became the colonial capital of New Hampshire. In 1774 Paul Revere famouslyrode to Portsmouth warning that the British were coming, with warships to subdue the port. In 1775, the capital was moved to Exeter, as its inland location was deemed safe from the Royal Navy. In 1808, Concord was named the official seat of state government
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New Hampshire is nicknamed 'Switzerland of America' for its beautiful mountain scenery
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Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is the busiest airport in New Hampshire