Connecticut, 1614-1776

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The Constitution State. Land of Steady Habits. The Provision State. Connecticut has many names, each a colorful insight into the history of this stubborn, gutsy New England state. Eyewitness accounts, lively narrative, and archival images take readers back to Connecticut's formative years. Learn how the Þrst witchcraft trial and execution in North America took place there in 1647; how a quest for new opportunities and more religious freedom lead Massachusetts settlers to found Connecticut Colony in the fertile ...
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The Constitution State. Land of Steady Habits. The Provision State. Connecticut has many names, each a colorful insight into the history of this stubborn, gutsy New England state. Eyewitness accounts, lively narrative, and archival images take readers back to Connecticut's formative years. Learn how the Þrst witchcraft trial and execution in North America took place there in 1647; how a quest for new opportunities and more religious freedom lead Massachusetts settlers to found Connecticut Colony in the fertile valley along the Quinnehtukqut River; why Thomas Hooker's Fundamental Orders, America's first written constitution, was adapted; and how hard work and "Yankee ingenuity" produced the bountiful harvests and the growth of manufacturing that helped win the Revolutionary War.

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The Connecticut edition of National Geographic’s “Voices from Colonial America” series covers the state’s early American roots from 1614 to 1776. Burgan details Native American tribes and a Puritan settlement, along with colonial farm life, religion, servants and slaves, and the colony’s growth. In sidebar-style, multiple profiles describe influential individuals who helped shape the colony’s history, meeting the “Voices from…” angle. The final chapter details the colony’s role in the Revolutionary War and its journey to statehood. Also included are: a timeline of events, further resources for research such as books and websites, and quote sources. The beautiful layout incorporates illustrations of colonial maps and historic paintings, though they are not found on every page. Given the objective tone and the regular inclusion of primary sources, young readers would benefit from more visuals to better comprehend the history discussed. As a whole, this book is a strong choice for libraries and budding historical researchers alike Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Along the Long Tidal River     13
The Puritans of Connecticut     25
Daily Life in the First Settlements     37
Creating a United Colony     47
Servants and Slaves     59
New Challenges     69
A Slowly Growing Colony     79
Revolutionary Connecticut     93
Time Line     104
Resources     105
Quote Sources     106
Index     107
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