New Hampshire
Rhode Island

New England 




Harriet Beecher Stowe's Residence, Hartford, CT, Library of Congress

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The states of New England form the northeastern-most section of the United States.  In 1614, Captain John Smith named the region when he explored its shores.

The Pilgrim settlers who journeyed to New England in 1620 found a hilly, forested region with a long, irregular coastline.  Several mountain ranges and river valleys separate uplands.  Early farmers had to remove rocks before they could work the soil.  Many of the stone walls they built still stand.

Early settlers in New England showed a strong desire for religious freedom and the right to speak, think, and write as they pleased.  The region became known as "the hotbed of the American Revolution."  New England states played a major role between 1765 and 1777 in defining the issues and hastening the actual hostilities of the Revolutionary War.