4-29 The State of New Hampshire

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The great state of New Hampshire became the 9th state in the Union on June 21, 1788.  New Hampshire was named for Hampshire, England, by Captain John Mason.  New Hampshire was one of the original thirteen colonies.  Its state capital is Concord.  Concord is centrally located in the state on the Merrimack River.  New Hampshire is known for its for extensive granite formations and quarries.  The White Mountain Range runs through New Hampshire.  "Live Free or Die" is the state motto and it comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington.

New Hampshire is located in northeastern United States. The total area of the state is 9,304 sq miles (24,097 sq km), comprising 9,027 sq miles (23,380 sq km) of land and 277 sq miles (717 sq km) of inland water. New Hampshire is bordered on the north by the Canadian province of Quebec; on the east by Maine and the Atlantic Ocean; on the south by Massachusetts; and the on the west by Vermont.

New Hampshire has 1300 lakes or ponds and about 40 rivers with a total mileage of about 41,800 miles.  New Hampshire is one of the six New England states, the others being Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Live Free or Die"  
Nickname Granite State  
State Seal 1931
State Bird Purple Finch 1957
State Flower Purple Lilac 1919
State Wildflower Pink Lady's Slipper 1991
State Tree White Birch 1947
State Flag 1909
State Insect Ladybug 1977
State Freshwater Fish Brook Trout 1994
State Saltwater Fish Striped Bass 1994
State Animal White-tailed Deer 1983
State Mineral Beryl 1985
State Gem Smoky Quartz 1985
State Rock Granite 1985
State Amphibian Spotted Newt 1985

Complete the questions below.

1.  New Hampshire became the 9th state in the Union on June 21, .

2.  The state motto is "."

3.  The state mineral is .

4.  Pink Lady's Slipper is the state .

5.  The state flower is the .

6.  The state tree is the .

7.  The Mountain Range runs through New Hampshire.

8.  The Spotted Newt is the state .

9.  The state freshwater fish is the .

10.  Smoky Quartz is the state .



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