Souvenirs from Connecticut
Set in the charming North-Eastern USA region of New England and famously neighboring the New York state and the Rhode Island, Connecticut has been naturally shaped by the Connecticut River. Parts of the state are currently included in the New York metropolitan area with which they form the so-called Tri-State area with its over-populated center of Cheshire. Despite its relative small size, Connecticut's landscape is charmingly diverse: from the peaks of Bear Mountain in Salisbury to the glittering waters of the Connecticut River (which splits the state into halves), from the highly populated and popular Connecticut River Valley to the Litchfield Hills of picturesque farms and the South Eastern beaches. Keep a special memory of Connecticut with any of the fridge magnets, keychains, souvenir plates and T-shirts available now online.
Connecticut, the Heritage of the First Colonies
Connecticut's European heritage is linked to the Dutch settlers' legacy: it is the old history of the state's current capital, Hartford, which used to be called Huys de Goede Hoop and belonged to a short lived colony, the New Netherland. However the most powerful influence and heritage was English. In the 17th century, three new colonies were created across the current regions of Connecticut: Connecticut, Saybrook and New Haven. Politically the new founded colonies were responsible for USA's first constitutions, the Fundamental Orders and they later unified and defined themselves as Crown colonies. Connecticut was one of the Thirteen Colonies which fought against the English Rule throughout the American Revolution. Also known as the "Constitution State", Connecticut played a major role in the origin of the Fundamental Orders which are considered crucial for the establishment of the first governmental and parliamentary bodies in North America. The English King Charles II recognized the state's new ruling body by issuing the Connecticut Charter.
A Magical Landscape with a Maritime Touch
One of the surprising aspects of Connecticut is its maritime background despite its lack of direct sea access. Wide stretching forests of oaks and maples splendidly cover a colorful landscape but before the first European colonists, the Connecticut areas were populated by the Mohegan, a Native American tribe which also inspired its name, suggesting the old term of 'quinatucquet' which probably meant 'upon the long river' or 'place of long tidal river'. However, the first significant records are related to the Dutch fur trade which bloomed after its first colonist, Adriaen Block, settled in the region. Hartford also dates back to the same Dutch period when sailors used the Connecticut River (which they named Versche Rivier - "Fresh River") and established a fort called the "House of Hope".
The Old Charm of English Countryside
In its rural parts, which highly contrast the urban Connecticut areas of industrial background, the landscape still keeps a splendid touch of the old English villages: the proud walls of a white church stands out from the center, typically built around a 'green' and the specific colonial architectural designs can still be seen as New England visual symbols in the colonial meeting houses, the everyday homes or the tavern, all carefully preserved as precious historical landmarks. The state is also referred to as "The Nutmeg State" controversially suggesting a possible nutmeg trade, an expensive spice up until the 19th century brought to Connecticut on its river and some researchers even claim nutmeg grinders were sold in the area hence the nickname. Connecticut has also been named 'The Provisions State' because of its constant support during the American Revolution and even 'The Land of Steady Habits'.