Good-bye Mother . . .
Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Name Origin: English. Named after Hampshire County, England
Area: 9,279 square miles
Statehood: June 21, 1788 (9th state)
Nickname: The Granite State
Motto: "Live free or die"
Famous For: Granite, White Mountains, Lakes, Beaches, The Old Man of the Mountain (Old Stoneface) , Prime Primary (The first state to hold presidential primary elections)