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Long after sailors, fishermen and agricultural colonists had
domesticated the entire coastline of New England, the harsh,
glacier-scarred interior of NEW HAMPSHIRE , with its dense forests
and forbidding mountains, remained the exclusive preserve of
the Algonquin Indians. Only the few miles of seashore held sizeable
seventeenth-century communities of European settlers, such as
Strawbery Banke at Portsmouth .
Even when the Indians were finally driven back, following the
defeat of their French allies in Canada, the settlers could
make little agricultural impact on the rocky terrain of this
"granite state." Towns such as Nashua, Manchester
and Concord grew up in the fertile Merrimack Valley, but not
until the Industrial Revolution made possible the development
of water-powered textile mills did the economy take off. For
a while, ruthless timber companies looked set to strip all northern
New Hampshire bare - very few of the trees you see now are original
growth - but they were brought under control when the state
recognized that the pristine landscape of the White Mountains
might turn out to be its greatest asset. Large-scale tourism
began towards the end of last century; at one stage fifty trains
daily brought travelers up to Mount Washington.
Ever since becoming the first American state to declare independence,
in January 1776, New Hampshire has been proud to go its own
idiosyncratic way. The absence of a sales tax, or even a personal
income tax, is seen as a fulfillment of the state motto, "Live
Free or Die." Alternative sources of revenue include state-owned
liquor stores in which, unlike in neighboring states, you are
able to purchase alcohol on Sundays. The stores were set up
after the failure of Prohibition, and have been enthusiastically
promoted ever since: they even have them in freeway rest areas.
The state has long gained inordinate politi cal clout as the
venue of the first primary election of each presidential campaign,
with its villages well used to playing host to would-be world
One less ideological aspect of New Hampshire's individualism
is the emphasis on a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Hiking, climbing,
cycling and skiing are enjoyed both by energetic locals and
by the many visitors who drive up from Boston and New York.
The major destinations are Lake Winnipesaukee , and Conway,
Lincoln and Franconia in the mountains further north. Some have
grown rather too large and commercial for their own good, but
if you steer clear of the paying "attractions," the
lakes, islands and snowcapped peaks themselves remain spectacular.
To see the bucolic rural scenery more usually associated with
New England, take a detour off the main roads up the Merrimack
Valley - to Canterbury Shaker Village near Concord, for example.
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