By Charles A. Wills
A heritage of Connecticut, from its early exploration and payment to the country at the present time.
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Extra resources for A historical album of Connecticut
By 1930, more than 100,000 French Canadians lived in Connecticut. Many found work in the textile mills of the northeastern part of the state. Despite the great social change that took place in Connecticut during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the state's politics lagged behind. Most of the people who lived ill Connecticut's cities and worked in its factories tended to belong to the Democratic Party. Nevertheless, the Republican Party, which drew much of its support from rural, native-born Yankees and prosperous industrialists, dominated the state government from the Civil War until 1930.
The northeastern part of the state was home to the Nipmuc nation. In western Connecticut, along the present-day New York-Connecticut border, lived the Matabesecs. Central and southeastern Connecticut was the territory of the Pequots. All of these nations were made up of many small tribes, each led by one or more sachems (leaders). Native American life centered on the villagea cluster of long bark houses, often protected by a fence of sharpened stakes. These villages were usually built along rivers, or on the shores of Long Island Sound, because these waters provided an abundance of fish and shellfish.
The colony lacked a college until 1702, when the Reverend Abraham Pierson opened a ''collegiate school" at Killingworth (the present-day town of Clinton). In 1716, the college moved to New Haven. Two years later it took the name Yale College after Elihu Yale, a wealthy merchant, donated money for its support. Among Yale's early graduates were the religious leaders Jonathan Edwards (class of 1720) and Samuel Seabury (class of 1748), Noah Webster (class of 1778), editor of The American Dictionary of the English Language, and the great inventor Eli Whitney (class of 1792).
A historical album of Connecticut by Charles A. Wills