1. New Hampshire was the first of the colonies to declare its independence from England. In January 1776, it established an independent government and constitution.
2. The first potatoes planted in the U.S. were planted by Scots-Irish immigrants in 1719 in New Hampshire. You’re welcome, Idaho.
3. The first aerial tramway in the U.S. was built in New Hampshire at Franconia Notch in 1938. From the tram’s vantage point, on a good day you can see mountains in four states and Canada.
4. Between 1642-1679 and 1690-1692, New Hampshire was under the control of Massachusetts. During other colonial periods it was a Royal Province and geographically separated the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which at the time included present-day Maine and Massachusetts.
5. The oft-quoted motto “Live Free or Die” is the official state motto of New Hampshire. It was chosen based on a toast sent by New Hampshire’s Major General John Stark, who is best known as the hero of the Battle of Bennington, in 1809 as he sent his regrets that he was unable to attend an anniversary celebration of that battle. The full text reads, “Live free or die; death is not the greatest of evils.”
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Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.