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The provincial government of New York sold land grants to settlers in the region, which conflicted with earlier grants from the government of New Hampshire.
The Green Mountain Boys militia protected the interests of the established New Hampshire land grant settlers against the newly arrived settlers with land titles granted by New York.
After being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War, France ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River to Great Britain.
Thereafter, the nearby British colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed the extent of the area called the New Hampshire Grants to the west of the Connecticut River, encompassing present-day Vermont.
It is the only landlocked state in New England, and it is the easternmost and the smallest in area of all landlocked states.
The Green Mountains in Vermont form a north–south spine running most of the length of the state, slightly west of its center.
Some captives were adopted by families into the Mohawk or Abenaki tribes.
The historic, competitive tribes known as the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk were active in the area at the time of European encounter.
During the 17th century French colonists claimed the territory as part of France's colony of New France.
), making it the 43rd-largest in land area and the 47th in water area.
In total area, it is larger than El Salvador and smaller than Haiti.
Its greatest width, from east to west, is 89 miles (143 km) at the Canada–U. border; the narrowest width is 37 miles (60 km) near the Massachusetts border. The state's geographic center is approximately three miles (5 km) east of Roxbury, in Washington County. Several mountains have timberlines with delicate year-round alpine ecosystems, including Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in the state; Killington Peak, the second-highest; Camel's Hump, the state's third-highest; and Mount Abraham, the fifth-highest peak. Its metropolitan area is also the most populous in the state, with an estimate of 218,395 as of 2017.