Connecticut History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to, Connecticut is a state that borders Massachusetts to the north, Rodhe Island to the east, New York State to the west and Long Island Sound to the south. The state is included within the New England region, in the northeastern part of the United States of America.

The name Connecticut derives from the Indian name that is used to name the homonymous river that crosses the whole territory and means “on the long river of the tides”.
Some parts of the state, in the southern zone, fall within the metropolitan section of New York.

Connecticut has a rather high per capita income, compared to the rest of the US, but the differences within the state are considerable, even from city to city. The rural areas of the interior are also geographically different, alternating hills with mountainous reliefs while it is along the coast that the main communication routes flow and the major urban and industrial centers arise.


According to, the state of Connecticut was a large Dutch colony but, before the arrival of the Dutch themselves, the territory was conquered by the British. Connecticut, however, is one of the thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule during the revolution carried out in various parts of North America.
The development of Connecticut has also seen a flourishing of industries and commerce thanks to the opportunities offered by the coast, as well as a very profitable whaling but not to be proud of. Today Connecticut is one of the best images of lush and hospitable New England territory.

Places to visit

The capital of Connecticut is Hartford, the third largest city in the state, which has been described by writer Mark Twain as the best built in terms of architecture. In reality, this is no longer the case now, even if the urban center maintains ancient buildings, such as the Capitol, and in the nearby hills you can still admire the Victorian-style villas, which belonged to Twain himself and other well-known intellectuals.

But it is the south-eastern coast that attracts tourists with numerous reconstructions in perfect nineteenth-century marine style. Mystic was the starting and landing point of the whalers, movable bridges are still put into operation today to allow ships to pass higher than expected, you can visit the Museum of the Sea and the Aquarium and a series of ships dating back to the late nineteenth century which are restored and preserved. Also there is the headquarters of the US Navy Academy.

Stonigton, to the south, is a fishing village that still retains its ancient flavor in full, with white wooden houses overlooking the water and dating back to the mid-1600s, a dip in the tranquil old world of the American New England coast.

The historic Yale University, the third largest in the USA, is based in New Haven, not architecturally beautiful but certainly full of cultural activities and excitement, as well as related to entertainment.

NAMED: “The Constitution State”
ORIGIN NAME: “On the long river of the tides” is the meaning of the Indian word quinnitukq-ut, from which the state derives the name.
CAPITAL: Hartford
STATE BOUNDARIES: Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
MEMBER UNION SINCE: 9 January 1788 (5th state)
POPULATION: 3,282,031
CAPITAL POPULATION: 123,088 residents
MOTTO: “Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains)”
TREE: Charter Oak
BIRD: American Robin
FLOWER: Mountain Laurel
SONG: Yankee Doodle
THE FLAG: On a blue field there is an ornamental white screen with three vines, each with three bunches of purple grapes. Under the motto “he who transplanted supports them” is displayed on a white ribbon. The vines correspond to the first settlements of the English people who began moving out of Massachusetts in 1630. These settlements were thought of as vines that had been transplanted. The flag was adopted in 1897.
AGRICULTURE: Eggs, dairy products, livestock.
INDUSTRY: Electrical equipment, metal derivatives, chemicals, scientific instruments.

Economy of Connecticut

Agriculture and livestock play a secondary role in the state economy. Main products are dairy products and poultry, but also cattle and pigs; the most profitable crop is that of tobacco.
The annual added value produced by mining is relatively low. Mining minerals include feldspar and building materials. The industry has developed considerably and diversified; a large part of the workforce is employed in companies that are primarily specialized in transport material. Connecticut is the leading US producer of submarines, helicopters and jet engines for aircraft. Other goods produced include machinery, machined metals, textiles, cutlery and silverware. The main manufacturing centers are Hartford, Bridgeport, New London, New Haven, Norwalke Waterbury. Another important resource is represented by the tertiary sector and, in particular, the insurance activities: more than sixty companies in the sector are based in Connecticut.
Tourism is considerably developed, thanks also to the presence of good infrastructures; there are many state parks and numerous recreational areas. The transport system is widespread and made up of both roads and navigable canals. The main ports are Bridgeport, New Haven and New London.

Economy of Connecticut