Hartford is the inspiring capital of Connecticut. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city was founded in 1635. It is close to the middle of the state. A nickname of Hartford is the “Insurance Capital of the World” due to the importance of the industry to the area.
Algonquin confederation tribes lived in the area before Europeans explored the area. Dutch established a trading post in the area in 1623. English settlers moved there next. Their colony was along the Connecticut River. The colony became a model for political philosophy. It, also, later became a strong city in the Industrial Revolution. Samuel Colt started the Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company. He used the assembly line and later other companies used the assembly line and added to the products produced in the Hartford area, including bicycles, automobiles, sewing machines, and typewriters. The country’s oldest newspaper, the Hartford Courant, has been published since 1764.
Today, Hartford does have a large percentage of people living below the poverty line. There are programs in place to improve this fact.
Hartford has a humid continental climate. Summers are warm to hot with occasional thunderstorms. Winters are cool to cold. There is precipitation throughout the year. Tropical storms and hurricanes have struck Hartford.
Hartford has diverse and historic neighborhoods. Historic homes include those of authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Cultural locations include the Ancient Burial Ground, Bulkeley Bridge, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and Bushnell Park. The oldest public art museum is there as well, Wadsworth Museum. Educational institutions, such as, Trinity College and the University of Hartford have significant impact on the area.
Transportation includes highways, rail, airports, and buses. Significant bicycle routes exist as well. Be inspired! Have a bright day!