Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut in 1636. Hooker led a group of puritans out of Massachusetts to find new land. He wanted to start a more liberal colony. Hooker had 5 kids and went to college in England.
In Connecticut there were mountains, thick trees, rivers and poor rocky soil that was difficult to farm in. Connecticut is part of the coldest of the three regions, mild and short summers, leading to long, cold winters. There was less disease than the warmer colonies.
The colony of Connecticut was puritan. Puritan's were a group against the Reformation Church. They were looking for religious freedom from England.
The colonists made their living by whaling, fishing, ship building, and shipping. Other parts of Connecticut chopped down timber wood, trading fur, selling livestock, rum, maple syrup, copper, horses, beer, rum, and whiskey.
Created with images by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "A map of the most inhabited part of New England, containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, with the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, divided into counties and townships, the whole composed from actual surveys ..."