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A historical album of Connecticut by Charles A. Wills

By Charles A. Wills

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

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Drafted by Hooker and Roger Ludlow, a lawyer, the Fundamental Orders were adopted in a meeting at Hartford on January 14, 1639. 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.

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. This situation occurred, in part, because the 1818 state constitution based representation in the state legislature on towns, rather than on overall population.

Ships sailing from Connecticut ports did a brisk business trading around the world. The spice trade with the West Indies was a major source of wealth for the colonyso much so that Connecticut gained the nickname the Nutmeg State. Spices and other products were sold door-to-door throughout the colonies by peddlers from Connecticut. The ''Yankee peddler" with his sack was a familiar site in colonial America. The sea was another mainstay of the colony's economy. Every coastal town had its fishing fleet.

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