Connecticut state quick facts
|Nickname||The Constitution State|
The State of Connecticut is named after the River Connecticut, the largest river in New England. The word 'Connecticut' is derived from 'Quinnehtukqut', a Mohegan Indian word for "Long River Place" or "Beside the Long Tidal River"
How did Connecticut get its name?
Facts about Connecticut state
From 1703 to 1875, Connecticut had two capitals; sessions of the General Assembly met alternately in Hartford and New Haven. Since then, the capital has been Hartford.
Connecticut was officially nicknamed 'The Constitution State' by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1959. Connecticut is a bellweather democracy and had world's first written Constitution of a democratic government. Its Fundamental Orders of 1639 laid down principles of government based on the will of the people. That’s why Connecticut is nicknamed "The Constitution State"
How did Connecticut get its nickname?
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Connecticut is also called 'The Nutmeg State' as the Connecticut residents are so ingenious that they can sell wooden nutmegs as real nutmegs to unsuspecting buyers! (Nutmeg is a valuable spice in the colonial America)
The Nutmeg State
First medical diploma in USA was granted by Yale University in 1729
USS Nautilus, world's first nuclear submarine was launched in New London, Connecticut in 1954
First nuclear submarine
First artificial heart in the world was developed by Dr. Robert K. Jarvik of Stamford, Connecticut
First cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney of New Haven, Connecticut in 1794
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT is the second largest casino in the United States (WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma is the largest casino in the United States)
Second largest casino
The first automobile law was passed by the state of Connecticut in 1901. The speed limit was set at 12 miles per hour.
Speed limit : 12
Established in 1764, 'The Hartford Courant' is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States
George W. Bush, born in New Haven on July 6, 1946, is the only US President born in Connecticut
Birth place of Dubya
The Scoville Memorial Library is the oldest public library in America. Richard Smith started this library in 1771 using community contributions to buy 200 books in London. One could borrow and return books on the third Monday of every third month.
Oldest public library
Connecticut state facts
Sir Edward Andros, governor of other New England colonies tried many times to gain control of Connecticut. In 1687, he entered Hartford and demanded the charter. The people refused, hiding the charter in an oak tree, later known as the “Charter Oak.”
U.S.S. Nautilus is the state ship of Connecticut. The USS Nautilus, world's first nuclear powered submarine, was built in Groton, Connecticut in 1954. The Submarine Force Museum in Groton is home of the historic ship Nautilus (SSN 571). It is the official submarine museum of the United States Navy
Submarine museum of the United States