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All about Connecticut

Historical Note:

First things first . . .

Connecticut has the most historical firsts:

  • first constitution adopted, establishing representative government (1639)
  • first newspaper (1764)
  • first submarine (1775)
  • first American law school (1784)
  • first insurance company (1795)
  • first cotton gin (1799)
  • first dictionary (1807)
  • first movable parts mass production in use, making clocks (1808)
  • first revolver (1836)
  • first public art museum (1842)
  • first portable typewriter (1843)
  • first use of anesthesia (1844)
  • first sewing machine (1846)
  • first ice-making machine (1853)
  • first can opener (1858)
  • first tape measure (1868)
  • first pay phone (1877)
  • first collapsible toothpaste tube (1892)
  • first hamburger (1895)
  • first submarine (1900)
  • first lollipop (1908)
  • first Frisbee (1920)
  • first vacuum cleaner (1933)
  • first Polaroid camera (1934)
  • first helicopter (1939)
  • first color television (1948)
  • first atomic powered submarine (1954)

Name Origin: Mohican. ("Long River Place")

Capital: Hartford

Population: 3,275,000

Area: 5,018 square miles

Statehood: February 6, 1788 (5th state)

Nickname: The Constitution State

Motto: "He who transplanted still sustains"

Famous For: Inventors (Charles Goodyear, Elias Howe, Eli Whitney, Eli Terry), Inventions, Watchmaking, Typewriters, Insurance, Submarines

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