Connecticut Colony on American History Central


Connecticut was one of the 13 Original Colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in July 1776, establishing the United States of America.

Connecticut was officially founded in 1636 when a group of Puritans, led by Thomas Hooker, left Massachusetts and established a settlement at present-day Hartford. The three River Towns — Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor formed a unified government under the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the first written constitution in America. Connecticut purchased Saybrook Colony in 1642 and New Haven Colony merged into Connecticut in 1665.

Essential Facts

  • Year Founded — 1636
  • Founded By — Thomas Hooker
  • General Assembly Established — 1637
  • Region New England Colonies

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  • Article Title Connecticut Colony on American History Central
  • Date 1636–1776
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  • Keywords Connecticut Colony Guide
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 22, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update June 24, 2024