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A heritage of Connecticut, from its early exploration and cost to the kingdom this present day.

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By modern standards, the Fundamental Orders weren't very democraticonly men with property were allowed to vote, for example. Still, the Fundamental Orders were a major step forward for democracy in the future United States. Hooker's words would be echoed in the Declaration of Independence. Connecticut was still ultimately ruled by England, however, and the colony could have only as much self-government as the English crown would allow. In 1660, a new king, Charles II, took power. Charles was unfriendly toward the Puritans, and Connecticut's leading citizens feared he would declare the Fundamental Orders illegal.

Hale was a schoolteacher in New London before joining the Continental Army and volunteering for the spying mission that cost him his life.  A convicted counterfeiter drew this view of the prison around 1800. ) Seven long years of war lay ahead, however, before American independence became a reality. No major battles were fought on Connecticut soil, but the state endured several destructive British raids. In April 1777, a British force attacked Danbury, burning the town and capturing or destroying supplies bound for the Continental Army, the chief Patriot fighting force.

In 1835, a fire devastated New York City. New York's insurance companies couldn't cope with the flood of claims, but Eliphalet Terry's Hartford Fire Insurance Company swiftly paid its policy holders, allowing hundreds of New York businesses to rebuild. Hartford has been America's insurance capital ever since.  Barnum. Connecticut was an industrial powerhouse in the post-Civil War era. The state's booming economy drew hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world. Connecticut suffered greatly in the Depression years of the 1930s, but World War II saw Connecticut's defense-related industries thrive, and later prosperous suburbs sprang up throughout the state.

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