Brief History of the Vermont Green Mountain Boys

Brief History of the Vermont Green Mountain Boys

The Vermont Green Mountain Boys were a militia organization formed in the late 18th century and were primarily active during the American Revolutionary War. They are known for their role in defending the interests of the settlers in the New Hampshire Grants region, the area later becoming the state of Vermont.

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The Green Mountain Boys were originally organized in the early 1770s in southwestern Vermont, primarily under the leadership of Ethan Allen and his cousin Seth Warner. They formed to protect the rights of settlers against conflicting claims of ownership from New York's colonial government and settlers from New Hampshire.

The militia played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War. In May 1775, Ethan Allen and a small force of Green Mountain Boys, along with Benedict Arnold, captured Fort Ticonderoga in New York from the British. This surprise victory provided much-needed artillery and supplies for the Continental Army.

During and after the Revolution, the Vermont region declared its independence from both New York and New Hampshire. The Green Mountain Boys were instrumental in this movement, which eventually led to the establishment of the independent Vermont Republic in 1777.


The Green Mountain Boys are remembered as fierce defenders of their land and the rights of settlers in the region. Ethan Allen, in particular, became a legendary figure in American history, known for his bold leadership and advocacy for Vermont's sovereignty.

The spirit of independence and self-reliance embodied by the Green Mountain Boys continues to be part of Vermont's identity. The state's nickname, "The Green Mountain State," is a nod to both its physical geography and the historical significance of the Green Mountain Boys.

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