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The State Nicknames – Part 13
Whenever we visit our beautiful villa in Orlando we always notice the different license plates on the cars as they show each state’s nickname. These nicknames reflect the history, geography, industry and people, and provide an interesting insight into each state.
New Hampshire was named in 1629 by Captain John Mason after the county of Hampshire in England, where he grew up. He spent over £22, 000 clearing his land and building houses on it, but sadly he died in England in 1635 before he could ever see the colony he founded in the land he called New Hampshire.
The state of New Hampshire is quite beautiful, with rugged mountains and sparkling blue lakes, forests and coastline. It attracts holidaymakers who enjoy the wonderful mountain resorts in winter, and the beauty of the beaches, lakes and mountains in the summer.
During the winter, when the snow falls and the state becomes a winter wonderland, the mountain resorts offer spectacular skiing opportunities for both the novice to the expert. There are hundreds of miles of trails which weave through forests and fields, and these are much appreciated by cross-country skiers. During the summer there are ample opportunities for holidaymakers to enjoy boating or swimming in the shimmering lakes. For those who love being on the beach there are miles of coastline to enjoy, whilst those who prefer to camp or hike make for the beautiful, rugged mountains.
But it is autumn which is truly spectacular as the trees turn from green to orange, yellow, red and brown and the days are clear and crisp. There are picture book villages, set amongst dazzling autumnal shades as the trees take on their new colours, ready to fall before winter sets in.
Granite is the official state rock of New Hampshire, so it is not surprising that ‘The Granite State’ is its most popular nickname, due to its extensive granite quarries. However, the major interstate rivers which originate in the White Mountains gave rise to the nickname, The Mother of Rivers.
It is hardly surprising that the White Mountains of New Hampshire gave New Hampshire another nickname – The White Mountain State. This mountain range cuts across the northern half of the state, with Mt Washington being the highest point in the North eastern United States of America. Indeed, it is these very same mountains which gave New Hampshire the name ‘Switzerland of America. ’
New Hampshire is certainly a stunning state.
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