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Connecticut, The Constitution State

Independance, ingenuity, craftsmanship are woven into the fabric of Connecticut”s history. In 1639, a century and a half before the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a small group of men met in Hartford and drew up the first constitution to establish a representative form of government. These Fundamental Orders incorporated the principles of Thomas Hooker, the preacher who led colonists from Massachusetts Bay to seek freedom in the Wilds of the Connecticut River valley. Independence was also demonstrated by ]ohn Winthrop, who in 1657 obtained a charter from Charles II, and by those who hid the charter from the British in the famous “charter oak. ”

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Ingenuity and craftsmanship were demonstrated by the Yankee peddler with his legendary wooden nutmeg; by inventors like Charles Goodyear (vulcanized rubber), Elias Howe (sewing machine), and Eli Whitney (cotton gin) and by such historical firsts as the revolver (Colt), anesthesia (Dr. Wells) and the atomic-powered submarine (Electric Boat Co., Groton).

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Connecticut has two great natural gifts: a sheltered shore extending the length of its southern boundary, and the fertile valley of the Connecticut River, which cuts the State in two. The river and the shore form an inverted T that tells much of Connecticut’s history. The State’s early development centered around its ports – New Haven, New London, Bridgeport, the whaling ports of Mystic and Stonington, and Hartford, the capital, at the head of the tidewater of the Connecticut River, which is now known as the insurance capital of the world. For years Connecticut’s coast has been dotted with beaches, resort towns, and scenic villages.

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Today, Connecticut ingenuity and craftsmanship continue to be manifest in plants producing tools, clocks and typewriters, as well as guns, sewing machines, and complex instruments, but the States greatest gift to the country – and to the free world – may well be its first: the document that, for the first time in history, dared to make free elections and representative government a reality.

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