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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont became the 14th state - On July 8, 1777, the Vermont Constitution was adopted, making Vermont the 14th state in the United States. This was significant as Vermont was the first state to have a constitution prohibiting slavery.

2. Ethan Allen's capture - On July 8, 1775, Ethan Allen, the leader of the Green Mountain Boys, was captured by the British. This incident led to the formation of the Continental Army and helped to further the cause of the American Revolution.

3. Vermont's first Statehouse - On July 8, 1808, the Vermont Statehouse opened in Montpelier. This building, which still stands today, is known for its unique Greek Revival architecture and is considered one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country.

4. The establishment of Vermont's first railroad - On July 8, 1843, the Rutland & Burlington Railroad was chartered, becoming Vermont's first railroad. The railroad helped to boost Vermont's economy, allowing for the transportation of goods and people across the state more efficiently.

5. Vermont celebrates its bicentennial - On July 8, 1977, Vermont celebrated its bicentennial with a series of events and celebrations throughout the state. This milestone marked 200 years of Vermont's statehood and its unique history as an independent republic before joining the United States.
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