Dutch traders established a permanent settlement (but not colony) near Hartford in 1633. The wonders of Connecticut were soon discovered by Englishman Winslow, who verified that everything the Dutch had said about Connecticut was true.  Soon English settlers began to travel from Massachusetts to Connecticut. In 1636, after being driven from Massachusetts, Clergyman Thomas Hooker and his followers, looking for more land and religious freedom, arrived in Hartford and declared freedom. 


In Connecticut colonizers sought freedom to practice their Congregationalist worship and farmland to grow wheat and corn.  Colonists used the access to Long Island sound to become involved in the shipbuilding and fishing markets.

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Notice the location of Hartford (where Hooker settled)  in relation to Massachusetts (where Hooker was from).

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