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5th state to enter the union on
Jan. 9, 1788
Origin of name: From an Indian word (Quinnehtukqut) meaning “beside the
long tidal river”
navigator, Adriaen Block, was the first European of record to explore
sailing up the Connecticut River in 1614. In 1633, Dutch colonists
built a fort
and trading post near present-day Hartford, but soon lost control to English Puritans
the Massachusetts Bay Colony. English settlements established in the 1630s at Windsor,
and Hartford united in 1639 to form the Connecticut Colony
under the Fundamental Orders, the first
Connecticut played a prominent
role in the Revolutionary War,
serving as the Continental Army's major
supplier. Sometimes called the “Arsenal of the Nation,”
the state became one of
the most industrialized in the nation.
Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains)
Nickname: Constitution State (official, 1959); Nutmeg State
Flower: mountain laurel (1907)
Tree: white oak (1947)
Animal: sperm whale (1975)
Bird: American robin (1943)
Hero: Nathan Hale (1985)
Heroine: Prudence Crandall (1995)
Insect: praying mantis (1977)
Mineral: garnet (1977)
Song: “Yankee Doodle” (1978)
Ship: USS Nautilus (1983)
Shellfish: eastern oyster (1989)
Fossil: Eubrontes Giganteus (1991)
Composer: Charles Edward Ives (1991)
10 largest cities (2010):
Bridgeport, 144,229; New Haven, 129,779;
Hartford, 124,775; Stamford,
122,643; Waterbury, 110,366; Norwalk, 85,603; Danbury, 80,893;
73,206; Meriden, 60,868; Bristol, 60,477
Land area: 4,844 sq mi. (12,545
Geographic center: In Hartford Co., at East Berlin
Largest county by population and area: Fairfield, 916,829 (2010);
Litchfield, 920 sq mi.
State forests: 94 (170,000 ac.)
State parks: 94 (32,960 ac.)
Residents: Connecticuter; Nutmegger