Machine for Paring Cocoa Nut Meats

North Branford Vied for the Title of “Shredded Coconut Capital of the World” – Who Knew?

July 27, 2016

…that patents granted to North Branford residents included one for a device used for paring coconut meats in 1875. An... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, North Branford, Surprise, Who Knew?

Two Days After Marriage

Grounds for Divorce – Who Knew?

June 25, 2016

… that in 1667 the colony of Connecticut passed the first divorce statute.  While Connecticut was not the first to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Law, Surprise, Who Knew?

The Connecticut Courant and Hartford Weekly Intelligencer header under Hannah Bunce Watson, January 20, 1778.

Hannah Bunce Watson: One of America’s First Female Publishers

January 26, 2016

Hannah Bunce Watson was one of the first female publishers in America. Her leadership helped the Hartford Courant) survive one of the most challenging times in its history. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, Lebanon, Revolutionary War, Surprise, Women

Benjamin Franklin, Join, or Die., woodcut, May 9, 1754.  Benjamin Franklin's warning to the British colonies in America "join or die" exhorting them to unite against the French and the Natives, shows a segmented snake, "S.C., N.C., V., M., R., N.J., N.Y., [and] N.E." - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Connecticut in the French and Indian War

November 29, 2014

Connecticut troops sustained demoralizing losses before a reinvigorated British military turned the tide of the French and Indian War. …[more]

Categories: Native Americans, Revolution and the New Nation, Surprise, War and Defense

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