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  • 3' x 5'

  • Made in the USA by Eder Flag

  • Heavy-duty Dupont Solarmax nylon

  • Solid brass grommets

Green Mountain Boys Flag

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The Green Mountain Boys flag originated prior to the American Revolution as the standard for the Vermont militia organized by Ethan Allen. In a little twist of irony, a remnant of an original Green Mountain Boys flag is still in existence and is believed to have accompanied John Stark at the Battle of Bennington, while the Bennington Flag, which legend has it was at that battle, is actually believed by scholars to have been made in the early 19th century!

Today, it’s still in use representing the Vermont National Guard and is being used by the Vermont secessionist movement, Second Vermont Republic.

It’s commonly believed that the American colonists were more or less in solidarity against the rule of the British, but the truth is often quite different. During the 1750s, encouraged by New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth, settlers began claiming land in the Green Mountains. Because there was no clearly established border between New Hampshire and New York, the various settlements known collectively as the New Hampshire Grants were left alone and began to thrive.

The settlers were fiercely independent and identified closely with their New Hampshire brethren who were becoming increasingly hostile to British rule. But a Royal Decree was issued in the mid 1760s claiming the land for loyalist New York, which began planting Dutch settlers in the area.

In response, Ethan Allen, along with brother Ira and cousin Seth Warner, formed a militia known as the Green Mountain Boys that quickly grew to include hundreds of members and effectively shut down New York’s efforts to control the territory. By the early 1770s the territory was firmly in control of the Vermonters thanks to Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

As the first shots of the American Revolution were being fired in Massachusetts in 1775, Allen and the Green Mountain boys marched into New York, seized Fort Ticonderoga, and made off with the cannons, which were much needed to resist the British in Boston. Allen later joined the ill-fated expedition to take the city of Montreal while the Green Mountain Boys remained to defend Vermont.

Ultimately, Vermont and the Green Mountain boys wanted nothing to do with a full-fledged war with the British and declared themselves a sovereign nation in 1777, which they remained until 1791 when they joined the Union as the 14th state.

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