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Granite State - Granite is the traditional rock in New Hampshire. It gave New Hampshire its nickname of “The Granite State.” New Hampshire once had a large industry surrounding the quarrying of granite.
Queen State - Queen by right of her natural beauty; queen by her native hardy spirit; queen by her diversified industry; queen by reason of her motherhood of great men.
White Mountain State
Switzerland of America - For the White Mountains.
Mother of Rivers - For rivers with headwaters in the White Mountains.
Origin of Name
From the English county of Hampshire
Captain John Mason received a grant for land in 1629. He named this land New Hampshire after the English county of Hampshire where he had enjoyed a number of years as a child.
New Hampshireman; New Hampshirite
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