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New England

Although the smallest region geographically and one not blessed with large expanses of rich farmland or a mild climate, New England played a dominant role in American development. From the 17th century until well into the 19th, New England was the country's cultural and economic center.

The earliest European settlers of New England were conservative English Protestants, many of whom came in search of religious freedom. They gave the region its distinctive political format—the town meeting (an outgrowth of meetings held by church elders) in which citizens gathered to discuss the issues of the day. Even though only men who owned property could vote, town meetings afforded New Englanders an unusually high level of participation in government. Such meetings still function in many New England communities today, although of course they now include women.

A Fair Puritan

A Fair Puritan

Acadia National Park - Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Acadia National Park - Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Acadia National Park - Horseshoe Curve

Acadia National Park - Horseshoe Curve

Barnet, Vermont

Barnet, Vermont

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin reading Declaration of Independence

Benjamin Franklin reading Declaration of Independence

Block Island Light, Block Island, RI

Block Island Light, Block Island, RI

Block Island Sunset, Block Island, RI

Block Island Sunset, Block Island, RI

Boston, MA - 1841

Boston, MA - 1841

Boston, MA - Capitol Building - 2

Boston, MA - Capitol Building - 2

Bunker Hill, MA - Battle of the American Revolution

Bunker Hill, MA - Battle of the American Revolution

Cornwall Bridge, CT

Cornwall Bridge, CT

Danbury, CT - Painted Pepsi Sign

Danbury, CT - Painted Pepsi Sign

Enfield, NH - Shaker Barn

Enfield, NH - Shaker Barn

Falls Village, CT

Falls Village, CT

Frank Jones Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Frank Jones Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Gardner, MA - Blue Moon Diner

Gardner, MA - Blue Moon Diner

Hartford, CT - Skyline

Hartford, CT - Skyline

Jackson, NH - Covered Bridge

Jackson, NH - Covered Bridge

Lincoln, NH - Clark's Bridge

Lincoln, NH - Clark's Bridge