In 1777, Vermonters established Vermont as an independent country and sovereign republic – “the only state of 50 that self-constituted itself as an independent republic,” according to constitutional historian Peter S. Onuf.
The 1Vr (1st Vermont Republic) existed from 1777 – 1791, before the Republic of Vermont joined the new United States as the 14th state.
In celebration of Vermont’s unique history, the Vermont State Legislature declared January as Vermont Independence Month in 2006. Read their JOINT RESOLUTION below.
And then raise your tankards of Vermont craft beer in celebration of these TEN ways to support a 2nd Vermont Republic right here in our Green Mountains! Free Vermont, and long live the Untied States!
- Sign and circulate our 2VR petition.
- Donate to and share our 2VR “Plan V” film fundraiser.
- Buy and fly our 2VR flag – don’t miss our new hand-crafted HEMP flag in our STORE.
- Share our 2VR work in your networks, and follow 2VR on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, and Instagram.
- Submit your 2VR-focused writing, photos, and videos for publication at Vermont Independent and beyond.
- Organize a local 2VR Vermont Independence Party (VIP) education/resilience/resistance wingding.
- Re-localize your life: finance, feed, fuel, educate, entertain and live as locally as possible, and embrace, with your Vermont neighbors, the “Great Reskilling” now underway here.
- Share and promote Plan ‘V’ with your neighbors, friends, and elected representatives.
- Stand (don’t run) for Vermont public office as an independent citizen in support of a 2VR.
- Wear your support for 2VR – new 2VR hats and tees in our Vermont Independent STORE!
NO. R-105. JOINT RESOLUTION designating January as Vermont HISTORY AND Independence MONTH.
Offered by: Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ancel of Calais, Miller of Shaftsbury, Donahue of Northfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Heath of Westford, McAllister of Highgate and Milkey of Brattleboro.
Whereas, the first legal reference to the geographic territory that now encompasses the state of Vermont was a 1664 grant of land from King Charles II of Great Britain to his brother, the Duke of York, that encompassed “all the lands from the west side of the Connecticut River to the east side of the Delaware Bay,” and
Whereas, during the next century, the provinces of New York and New Hampshire each claimed the land contained within Vermont’s future borders, and
Whereas, in 1749, Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire began issuing town grants for settlement of the territory that is now the state of Vermont, and
Whereas, in 1764, King George III of Great Britain and his Council declared that the territory west of the Connecticut River belonged to the province of New York, and
Whereas, this decision led New York to declare the New Hampshire grants void and demand that they be reissued under its own legal imprimatur, and
Whereas, this decision was received with much anger in many towns and led to acts of resistance and violence inspired in part by one of Vermont’s most famous early leaders, Ethan Allen, and
Whereas, several local preludes to Vermont’s declaration of independence include the Bennington Declaration for Freedom issued in May 1775, the Dorset Convention of January 1776 that refuted the authority of the provincial congress of New York, and an even more adamant call to break away from New York issued again from Dorset in September 1776, and
Whereas, in January of 1777, a convention of citizens meeting in the town of Westminster declared this state, initially named New Connecticut, “to be free and independent of the Crown of Great Britain” and equally important from the state of New York, and
Whereas, on June 4, 1777, the Windsor Convention adopted the name Vermont by which our state has been known ever since, and subsequently on July 8, 1777 approved our state’s first constitution, and
Whereas, the state of Vermont, along with the state of Texas, is one of only two states in the United States to have been an independent republic prior to its admission to the union, and
Whereas, the Vermont Constitution was the first state constitution to abolish slavery, establish universal suffrage for all adult males regardless of race, and to create a system of public education, and
Whereas, these events are worthy of observance each year in commemoration of Vermont’s independence and constitutional adoption, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That January be observed annually as Vermont History and Independence Month in recognition of the momentous events which resulted in the establishment of the state of Vermont.