For additional information refer to the
Founding of the New Hampshire Colony
The Naming of the New Hampshire Colony
Year Founded: 1638 was founded by John Mason and established by John Wheelwright and others
Major Industries: Agriculture (potatoes, fishing), Manufacturing (textiles, shipbuilding) - refer to Colonial Times
Geography: Low coast, hills, mountains and plateau. The basic geography of New England consisted of mountains thick with trees, rivers and poor rocky soil that was difficult to farm and unsuitable for crops
Natural Resources: Fish, whales, forests. Imported agricultural products from other colonies. Farming was difficult for crops like wheat because of the poor soil but corn, pumpkins, rye, squash and beans were raised
Economics and Trade: Concentrated in manufacture and focussed on town life and industries such as ship building and the manufacture and export of rum
Government: By 1775 New Hampshire was governed as a Royal Colony.
The original names of the New England Colonies were the Province of New Hampshire, later New Hampshire
In towns along the coast, the colonists made their living fishing, whaling, and shipbuilding. Whale oil was a valuable resource as it could be used in lamps.
Trade / Exports: Fish, timber, furs, ships and livestock
The Colony became a state on June 21, 1788. For additional facts and info refer to the Change from Colonies to States