How did Vermont become a state?

Vermont was originally claimed by the Frenchman Jacques Cartier as he explored the St. Lawrence River Valley. It was later claimed by the colonies of New York and New Hampshire. As settlement of Vermont increased, the people of Vermont decided that they wanted to be controlled by neither New York, or New Hampshire, and they declared themselves an indepedent republic in 1777. Eventually, Vermont asked to join the union, and in 1791 Vermont was approved as the 14th U.S. state. =-)