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Connecticut

Nickname: Constitution State
Area: 4 872 sq.mi. (12 618.4 km2)
Highest point: On Mount Frissell 2 380 ft. (725.4 m)
Population: 3 288 100
Capital: Hartford
Largest city: Bridgeport

Connecticut lies in the North-Eastern corner of the United States. Together with 5 other surrounding states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island) they are called “New England”. This name was given by the British Settlers in the early 17th century, for its climate is very similar to Great Britain’s; however the winters are much colder here. The region is rich of historical and cultural traditions. Its early history is the history of the United States itself. The first settlers arrived to this territory, and created their own colony.
Connecticut River
Photo: Connecticut River, Connecticut, USA, flickr.com, by altopower

Connecticut is one of the smallest, yet the populous states of the country. Its Southern part is bordered by the Atlantic-Ocean. This practically determines the characteristics of the state, its primarily famous for its harbors and popular beaches. Its largest cities on the coastline are Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven and New London, and Waterbury and Hartford, which are situated in the internal part of the state.
It’s mentionable that New York becomes visible from the long coastline of Connecticut in clear weather, since the Long Island is only a few kilometers away from the state’s coastline.

 

 

Hartford, the capital of the state was founded by the English settlers, who arrived here in the 17th century. It’s worth to visit the beautiful building of the State Capitol, the old Town Hall, the Mark Twain House and the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Fine Arts.
State Capitol
Photo: Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, flickr.com, by jglazer75

We shouldn’t miss out the splendid view of the Connecticut River Valley, where little villages are found with houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Not far from here is the Dinosaur Griswold Museum, with more than 500 dinosaurs on exhibition. The beautiful Old Lime village is also to be found in the valley. It has a sensational collection of fine arts.
Dinosaur State Park
Photo: Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut, USA, flickr.com, by Mall

The most famous city of the state is New Haven, which is the home of the world famous Yale University. This city is therefore the educational and cultural center of Connecticut, with many museums and festivals. The scene of the festivals is the New Haven Green Park, found in the center of the city. The important cultural institutions of the city are the: Yale University Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Libraries and the Yale Center British of Art.
Yale University
Photo: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, flickr.com, by hardseat

 

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The largest city of the state is Bridgeport, found on the coast of the ocean. It is a busy seaport. One may find the Beardsley Zoo and the Discovery Museum in the city.
It’s also important to mention the Connecticut Coast, which is the long seashore of the state, with popular resort cities, beaches and harbors. The most popular resorts are Mystic Seaport, where the visitor can check out the Mystic Aquarium, with many interesting fish; New London, with old buildings; and the city of Madison, which has a 3 kilometer long beach.
New London
Photo: New London, Connecticut, USA, flickr.com, by Brad Pennock

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