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Question 16 - September 7, 1999

HELP!!! OK, it's not as bad as all that, but I'm having difficulty finding interesting, little-known facts/trivia about your wonderful New England. Reason I'm looking is for a project I'm working on, and I know there must be some wonderful WOW tid-bits that New Englanders don't know.... Have combed thru Yankee mags, and cruised the WWW, but have only found stuff specific to cities/states in New England. How, for instance, did New England become so named, or why did those states band together? Anyway...any help/directions to help you might be able to lend me would be most appreciated.

Thank you,
- Elizabeth C.

Answer from Kim Knox,
About.com Guide to New England for Visitors:

Hi Elizabeth!

I found the answer to your question about how New England came to be called New England in Tom Brosnahan and Kim Grant's Lonely Planet guidebook for New England. Here goes:

"The English explorer Captain John Smith, while cruising the coast of North America in 1614, christened the land New England. The name came to be used when referring to the four early British colonies here: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. In the 1700s the states of Maine and Vermont were included. Since that time, the six states have preserved their character as a unique region."

You'll also find an interesting trivia question on my site right now at:

Hope this information is useful!

All best wishes as you plan your trip,
Kim Knox
About.com Guide to New England for Visitors

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