2. Green Mountain Boys

“The Gods of the Valley are not the Gods of the Hills”, were the words of Ethan Allen when the New York Supreme Court turned down the appeal of New Hampshire Grant holders to keep their property. With no legal recourse, Ethan Allen and other settlers formed militias to defend themselves against New York law enforcement trying to evict them in favor of New York speculative property claims. This section details the period from 1764-1777 where the New Hampshire Grant Militia, known as the Green Mountain Boys, were the defacto government in the Grants area.

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Ethan Allen (standing left, foreground) at a meeting of the Green Mountain Boys, wood engraving, 1858.

Caption: Wood engraving, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (cph 3a47655)

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