Who Was Ethan Allen...and Why Did We Name A Flask After Him?

Who Was Ethan Allen...and Why Did We Name A Flask After Him?

 

Hear the name Ethan Allen and I'm willing to bet the farm that the furniture company immediately comes to mind, right-o? Well, Ethan Allen was a real person, and he was what you'd call a rootin', tootin' verifiable Jack of all trades and Renaissance man. Over the course of his lifetime, he was a farmer, businessman, land spectator, philosopher, writer, American Revolutionary patriot, hero, and politician. Whew! He also even inoculated himself against smallpox, a skill he probably picked up via a doctor pal he had an 18th century bromance with.   Allen was born in Connecticut, served in the French and Indian War, and purchased land in what is now the Champlain Valley area of Vermont. New Hampshire and New York both tried to claim the land was their own, until Allen (who developed a reputation for being a rabble rouser) joined a group of ruffians called The Green Mountain Boys. The men named Allen their leader, and were able (sometimes through fisticuffs and other mischief) able to get New York and New Hampshire officials to back down.   In 1775, the "boys" joined the American Revolution, this time fighting for the American colonies against British rule. Along with Benedict Arnold, Allen and his troupe of merry Green Mountain men easily captured Fort Ticonderoga in Vermont from the British, which was only being manned by four British solders. They then tried to seize Montreal to no avail, and Allen was captured and ended up in the pokey in Cornwall, England for two years.   Upon his release, he returned back home to Vermont, helping to protect it from becoming part of Canadian rule. He died in 1789, two years before Vermont become the 14th U.S. state.   Because he led such a colorful and varied career, and because our flasks are handcrafted in Vermont, we named our Ethan Allen Edition Flask after the man that helped found a part of this beautiful country. Our gorgeous flask is made in the USA of copper, swathed in dyed and oiled American leather, features a carrying strap, and comes with two copper Old West Shot Glasses--perfect for toasting the man himself! Want a chance to WIN an Ethan Allen Flask? Follow us on Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at the top of our page featuring the flask and the giveaway. A winner will chosen on Friday, October 7!

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