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Definition of NEW ENGLAND
the NE United States comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, & Connecticut
region SE Australia in NE New South Wales; in area of New England Range (part of Great Dividing Range)
— New En·gland·er\ˈiŋ-glən-dər alsoˈiŋ-lən-\noun
— New En·glandy\-dē\adjective
Region, northeastern U.S. It consists of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and has an area of 66,667 sq mi (172,668 sq km). Named by John Smith, who explored its shores in 1614, it was later settled by English Puritans (seePuritanism). The New England colonies, fueled by self-sufficient farmers, evolved representative governments. The area's numerous harbours soon promoted the growth of overseas commerce and a vigorous shipbuilding industry. In the 18th century it became a hotbed of agitation for independence from Britain, and its patriots played leading roles in the American Revolution.