Origin of Name From the Indian word
"Quinnehtukqut," which means
"beside the long tidal river." It is a
reference to the Connecticut River, which runs
407 miles from northern New Hampshire to Long
Island Sound. Area (rank) 5,544 sq mi
(48th). Population (rank) 3,405,565
(29th). Ratified Constitution (rank)
January 9, 1788 (5th).
Symbols of Connecticut
Qui Transtulit Sustinet was part of the
original colonial seal of Connecticut, and is now
the official State Motto. The Latin phrase, which
translates to "He who transplants
sustains," comes from the Bible -- verse
three of the 79th Psalm.
Chronology of Connecticut
1614 Dutch explorer
Adriaen Block claimed the area for the Dutch. 1633
The first permanent settlement was established. January
9, 1788 Connecticut became the fifth state
to ratify the Constitution.
settled in Massachusetts as a Puritan pastor in
1633, but soon found himself disagreeing with
leaders of the colony over how it should be
governed. Faced with persecution, he
and several of his followers relocated to what is
now Hartford, Connecticut, in 1636.
became the first Democrat in
modern times to be elected First Selectman of
Fairfield, in 1959.
is the capital of Connecticut. Founded in 1637,
the city was the birthplace of the American
insurance industry, and is home to the oldest
continuously-operating newspaper in the country.