New England state of the U.S.: admitted 1791; 9,250 sq mi (23,956 sq km); cap. Montpelier: abbrev. VT or Vt
Origin of Vermont; from French Vert Mont (1647), green mountain
Abbr. VT or Vt.
A state of the northeast United States bordering on Canada. It was admitted as the 14th state in 1791. Explored by Samuel de Champlain in 1609, the region was settled by the British in 1724. Claims to the area were relinquished by Massachusetts in 1781, New Hampshire in 1782, and New York in 1790. Montpelier is the capital and Burlington the largest city.