History of Connecticut River Boundary in NH/VT

Connecticut River Near Colebrook, New Hampshire. Photo/Wikipedia

VTDigger.org: Most water bodies marking a boundary between 2 states or countries have an imaginary dotted line running down their middle. The Connecticut River does not because as everyone “knows” the river belongs to New Hampshire. However, as with all things human, the real circumstances are more complicated. The reality about river ownership started with the original land grants from England, modified during the time of the American Revolution with the present day boundary set by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The English grants set the boundary between then New York and New Hampshire as the western bank of the river. Soon after Vermont declared her independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence occurred, community leaders in 22 New Hampshire towns (Chesterfield up to Haverhill) persuaded their fellow townspeople to secede from New Hampshire.

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