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Connecticut Key Chain Represents: The place where it's illegal to walk on your hands while crossing the street in the capital of Hartford. Somebody did this? Anyway, Connecticut is home to the first hamburger, color television, helicopter, and the polaroid (what's that?). The first automobile law wa..
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Check Out the Story Behind the Flag of the State of Connecticut You might not immediately associate this flag with Connecticut when you first see it, but read on to find out what everything actually means, and we are sure you will remember going forward. This high-quality fridge magnet is the perfec..
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A View Across New Haven In Connecticut Captured On An Attractive Fridge Magnet New Haven is Connecticut's second largest city after Bridgeport; it has a population of approximately one hundred and thirty thousand. New Haven was founded by English Puritans in 1638. A year later eight streets were l..
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The Mark Twain House In Hartford, Connecticut Pictured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet Samuel L. Clemens, known the world over as Mark Twain lived in his home in Hartford, Connecticut from 1874 to 1891. His wife Livy was heavily involved in the design of the house and drew sketches prior to ..
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Yale University Central Campus Featured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet The central campus of Yale University in Connecticut is situated in downtown New Haven. Although there are several modern buildings which form part of the campus Yale is known for the mainly collegiate gothic architectur..
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Yale University Buildings In Connecticut Pictured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet Yale University is quite possibly the most well-known institution in Connecticut, famous the world over as a centre of educational excellence. First founded as a Collegiate School in 1701 the institution was ho..
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Sterling Law Building At Yale University, Connecticut Pictured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet The magnificent Sterling Law Building at Yale University was built in 1931 and was named after Yale alumnus and benefactor John William Sterling. Contained within the building are offices, classroo..
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A Lookout Tower At The Summit Of The Sleeping Giant In The Sleeping Giant State Park The Sleeping Giant, also known as Mount Carmel, is a seven hundred and thirty nine foot high basalt mountain in south-central Connecticut. It takes its name from the fact that it resembles a large sleeping human fi..
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Horse Statue In Brookfield Connecticut Pictured On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet In the southern foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, in Fairfield County, Connecticut, lies the town of Brookfield. This attractive acrylic fridge magnet, from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts, represents the town. The ..
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Seal of Connecticut This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of the Seal of Connecticut, United States. The Great Seal of the State of Connecticut depicts three grapevines and a ribbon below with the motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (meaning he who transplanted sustains), with SIGILLUM REIPUBLICAe CO..
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New Haven City Hall And County Courthouse In Connecticut Pictured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet The New Haven City Hall and County Courthouse were actually two buildings built at separate times. The City Hall was designed by Henry Austin and built in 1861. The old courthouse was designed ..
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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'.

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