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Its highest peaks were sighted by Samuel de Champlain in 1605, climbed by Henry David Thoreau in 1844, celebrated in poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1845, skied by America’s gold-medal super-combined champion Bode Miller well into the 21st century. The presidential primary was born here, and so was the fabled 19th-century American lawmaker Daniel Webster. With a tiny seacoast in the southeast and the East’s highest mountains hugging the Canadian border, New Hampshire has a culture, folklore and political history all its own.

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