New England is made up of:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island.
Maine is the largest of these 6 states taking nearly half of the the land area while still only being the 39th largest state out of the 50 states in the U.S.
What is the smallest state in New England?
Rhode Island is not only the smallest state in New England but the smallest state in the whole country covering an area of just 1,214 square miles according to wikipedia. Alaska, our largest state, by comparison is 663,300 square miles and is big enough to fit Rhode Island into it about 425 times!
Why is New England called New England?
New England got was originally called Northern Virginia in the early 1600s until John Smith landed there in 1616 and coined the term “New England” in honor of King James. Virginia was named after the virgin Queen, Queen Elizabeth, so he figured why not change it to New England.
Eventually the New England states that we now know today were formed and each was named for its own reasons, if you are interested you can find more info on that subject in this article by the newenglandhistoricalsociety.com.