Connecticut was the fifth state to be admitted to the union. A person who is a native of Connecticut may be called a “Connecticuter.” However, this nickname has not been officially adopted by the state for its residents.
Connecticut is part of the six-state New England region in the northeastern corner of the United States. This area also includes Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Named nearly 400 years ago in 1637, Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Since Hartford is home to many insurance company headquarters, the city is commonly known as the “Insurance Capital of the World.”
Famous people from Connecticut include author Mark Twain, pediatrician Benjamin Spock, Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Dorothy Hamill, professional boxer Mike Tyson, Academy Award winning actresses Glenn Close, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and Linda Hunt, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir star Hope Lange, Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine, showman P.T. Barnum, composer Charles Ives, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, author and political commentator Ann Coulter, and American Revolutionary General Benedict Arnold.
Charter Oak Poster
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The Charter Oak is a large white oak tree that once grew in Hartford. According to tradition, Captain Joseph Wadsworth hid Connecticut’s Royal Charter of 1662 in a cavity of the tree. He wanted to prevent its confiscation by British representatives for King James II. The tree fell during a severe storm in 1856. Many items were crafted from the salvaged wood, including intricately carved furniture pieces now on display at the Hartford Capitol Building.
Connecticut State Symbols
State Bird American Robin and State Flower Mountain Laurel
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Where is Connecticut?
Can you find Connecticut on the United States map? Hint: Connecticut is bordered by New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Coastal Connecticut encompasses the entirety of the state’s southern border along Long Island Sound, a tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean.
Hartford, Connecticut Postcard
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
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The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch was designed by Hartford architect George Keller. It was dedicated in 1886 on September 17–the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. The Gothic brownstone monument honors the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War, and the 400 who died for the Union. September 17, 1862 marked the bloodiest day of battle in American history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.
Connecticut State Quarter
Many Connecticut facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.
Images: The Charter Oak tree and inscription, year of statehood (1788), year coin was minted (1999), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)
Connecticut State Flag
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Quarter images by 50 State Quarters.org