The community of Alburgh, in Grand Isle County, Vermont, traces its charter back to 1781. The name is actually a contraction of "Allenburg" or "Allensburgh" That's because it was founded by Ira Allen, younger brother to Ethan Allen. Indeed, Ira joined with Ethan as one of the famed Green Mountain Boys. In that, he is also considered to have been a founder of the Republic of Vermont (prior to statehood). Of course, before Allen were the Abenaki (a tribe of the Algonquin nation). Samuel de Champlain first visited the lake in 1609, and proclaimed this to be a land of "Green Mountains," hence "vert mont." In 1791 Vermont became the first state to join the original thirteen in the Union.