Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Connecticut
Connecticut was the fifth of the 13 original states to ratify the Constitution, on January 9, 1788. The 2000 census has Connecticut's population at 3,405,565, ranking 29th in the US. With a total area of 5,543 square miles, the state ranks 48th in size. Connecticut's capital is Hartford. The largest city is New Haven.
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Connecticut fun facts:
Connecticut State Bird: American robin
Connecticut State Flower: Mountain laurel
Connecticut State Motto: He Who Transplanted Still Sustains
Connecticut State Song: Yankee Doodle
Connecticut State Tree: White Oak
Nicknames: The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State
The geographic center of Connecticut is located at East Berlin in Hartford County. At 2,380 feet, Mount Frissell in the extreme NW corner of the state is Connecticut's highest point. The name Connecticut derives from Mohican and other Algonquin words meaning "long river place." The long river in question was the Connecticut, the valley of which separates the state's east and west highlands.
Brief History: At the time of European contact, inhabitants of the area were Algonquian peoples, including the Mohegan (Mohican) and Pequot. Dutch explorer Adriaen Block was the first European to visit the area, in 1614. In the 1630's, Puritan settlers from the Plymouth Bay Colony had started colonies along the Connecticut River; in 1637 they defeated the Pequots. In 1662 the colony received a charter from Charles II of England. In the American Revolution, Connecticut Patriots fought in most major campaigns, while Connecticut privateers captured British merchant ships.
Among the many draws to visitors are the Mark Twain House in Hartford; Yale University's Art Gallery and the Peabody Museum, both in New Haven; Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium; the P. T. Barnum Museum, Bridgeport; the Gillette Castle, Hadlyme; many charming state parks, forests and lakes.