Although native tribes lived in North America for thousands of years before European colonists settled here, the country of America is a young one. We don’t have a lot of old buildings, churches or museums, like you’ll find in Europe. If you’d like to know more about the history of the United States, though, New England is the place to go. Some of the most notable facts in their history is the Boston Tea Party, which led to the British authorities to be removed from New England, and the declaration of independence in July 1776.
New England is the northeastern most section of the United States. These states lie along the Atlantic Ocean and they were the first to be settled by colonists. One of the oldest settlements in New England, North America is the Plymouth Colony, which started in 1620. You can visit museums and homes to see how people lived 300 hundred years ago. More people live on the East Coast than in other parts of the United States.
Fun Facts About New England for Kids
- Summers are hot and humid here; winters can be cold and gray. The Atlantic Ocean sometimes brings hurricanes.
- The eastern states of New England includes Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
- The largest city in New England is Boston.
- The explorer John Smith gave New England its name.
- New England soils are fertile, but rocky. There are some farms here.
- New Englanders are very proud of their agricultural food crops. You can find apple festivals in the fall or maple syrup festivals in the spring.
New England Vocabulary
- Colonist: a settler
- Humid: moist
- Hurricane: a storm that develops over an ocean and carries water and wind
- Financial: dealing with money
All About New England Video for Kids
Here’s a great video for kids on New England:
New England Q&A
Question: What is the food and culture like in New England?
Answer: The United States is truly a melting pot and New England has a very diverse culture. From 1880 to 1920, more than 23 million people came to America from other countries. Many of them settled in neighborhoods in New York City. Here you can still find Greek-American, Italian-American, German-American, Asian-American and Haitian-American neighborhoods, among others. Over 800 languages are spoken in New York City.
Map of New England
Here’s a map of the country of New England and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around New England! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of New England, as though you are actually there!
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