History of the Colonization of America and the original 13 Colonies
Connecticut: The Establishment and Settlement of the 13 original colonies
The Connecticut Colony The Connecticut Colony was one of the original 13 colonies located on the Atlantic coast of North America. The original 13 colonies were divided into three geographic areas consisting of the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. The Connecticut Colony was classified as one of the New England Colonies. The Province of Connecticut was an English colony in North America that existed from 1636 until 1776, when it joined the other 12 of the 13 colonies in rebellion against Great Britain and became the U.S. state of Connecticut. For additional information refer to the History of Colonial Connecticut
Founding of the Connecticut Colony When was the colony of Connecticut founded? The Connecticut Colony was founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker and other colonists, at Hartford.
The Naming of the Connecticut Colony Word taken from a Native Indian phrase meaning “river whose water is driven by tides or winds.”
Information and Facts with the Connecticut Colony Fact File The first settlement by Europeans in Connecticut was made on the site of the present Hartford in 1633, by a party of Dutch from New Netherlands. In the same year a trading post was established on the Connecticut river, near Windsor, by members of the Plymouth Colony, and John Oldham (1600-1636) of Massachusetts explored the valley and his reports led to the founding of the colony by Thomas Hooker in 1636. Fast facts and interesting information about the founding, establishment, geography, climate, religion, history, natural resources, raw material, industries (refer to Colonial Times) and the famous historical people associated with the Connecticut Colony of Colonial America. Information and facts at a glance about the Connecticut Colony via this fast fact file.
Major Industries: Agriculture (wheat, corn, fishing)
Geography: Narrow lowlands and hilly eastern upland. The basic geography of New England consisted of mountains thick with trees, rivers and poor rocky soil that was difficult to farm and unsuitable for crops
Climate: New England was the coldest of the three regions, mild and short summers leading to long, cold winters but less disease than in the warmer colonies
Religion: There was no religious freedom in the areas inhabited by the Puritans as they did not tolerate any other form of religion - refer to Religion in the Colonies
Natural Resources: Fish, whales, forests. Imported agricultural products from other colonies. Farming was difficult for crops like wheat because of the poor soil but corn, pumpkins, rye, squash and beans were raised
Economics and Trade: Concentrated in manufacture and focussed on town life and industries such as ship building and the manufacture and export of rum
Original Name: The original name of the colony was the Connecticut Colony, later Connecticut
Trade and Industries
In towns along the coast, the colonists made their living fishing, whaling, and shipbuilding. Whale oil was a valuable resource as it could be used in lamps. Industries and trade in the New England colonies included fish, whale products, shipping, shipbuilding, timber products, furs, maple syrup, copper, livestock products, horses, rum, whiskey and beer
Farming was difficult for crops like wheat because of the poor soil but corn, pumpkins, rye, squash and beans were planted.
1637 The Pequot War - The Pequots were defeated by the colonists, who were led by John Underhill and John Mason, and the Narragansetts and Mohegans who were their allies
Trade / Exports
Fish, timber, furs, ships and livestock
Connecticut was the 5th of the original 13 colonies to become a state on January 9, 1788. For additional facts and info refer to the Change from Colonies to States
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