It's hard to imagine any more independent-minded people than the citizens of New Connecticut. In 1777, they unilaterally declared their independence from the neighboring colonies. Just a few months later, they even changed New Connecticut's name--to ensure it was clear that they were not associated with any "old" Connecticut. The new name: Vermont.
Throughout the 1760s and 1770s, New York had tried to swallow up Vermont, as had New Hampshire. The plucky Vermonters ended those threats by raising a militia called the Green Mountain Boys and successfully defended their autonomy.
In no rush to join the Union, Vermont minted its own currency and even entertained offers to join Canada. No other state has ever been quite that gutsy. Vermonters patiently weighed their options, and finally agreed to join the United States--on their own terms--in 1791.
Courtsey Michael Trinklein