Hartford, Connecticut: Landmarks~History~Neighborhoods | Landing Page

Midway between New York City and Boston, Hartford, Connecticut is approximately 18 square miles in area and is located on the Connecticut River. Before the Europeans landed, the area was known by Native Americans as "Suckiaug," or "black earth."

In 1623 the Dutch set up a fort for fur trading, calling it Fort Huys de Goede Hoop or the Fort House of Good Hope. A short while later, an English band lead by Reverend Thomas Hooker traveled from outside of Boston to this area to create a self-governing settlement. His Fundamental Orders of Connecticut is said to be the first democratic constitution that established a representative government. Locals like to say that Hartford was founded by a Hooker, and despite the stodgy image of "Insurance Capital of the World," that Hartford has a unique and interesting history, as well as a promising future.

This site is one person's view of the city and is not intended to be comprehensive in scope. It is merely a survey of some of the places, people and architecture that are of personal interest. We hope that you enjoy your visit and will return frequently.

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