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The city of New Haven is located in New Haven County in the southern part of the state along the Long Island Sound. The English Puritans who founded New Haven Colony in 1638 laid out the town according to a grid, known as the “Nine Square Plan,” that made accommodations for future growth.  Arguably, this makes New Haven America’s first planned town. Incorporated as a city in 1784, early New Haven was a thriving port and mercantile center, as well as home to Yale College. In the 19th century, industry dominated. By the mid-1900s, after industrial decline had altered many cities, New Haven took the lead in federal urban renewal programs.


Death of Capt. Ferrer, the Captain of the Amistad, July 1839 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

The Amistad

After slaves revolted and took control of the Amistad in 1839, Americans captured the ship off Long Island and imprisoned the slaves in New Haven. A US Supreme Court trial in which Roger Sherman Baldwin and John Quincy Adams defended the slaves, ultimately won them their freedom. …[more]



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“Constance Baker Motley House.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.
“East Rock Park,” 2010. Link.
“Ethnic Heritage Center,” 2013. Link.
“Fort Nathan Hale & Black Rock Fort,” 2011. Link.
“Goffe Street School.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.
“Greater New Haven African American Historical and Cultural Society,” 2012. Link.
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“Hannah Gray House.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.
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“Pardee-Morris House.” New Haven Museum, 2012. Link.
“The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven,” 2012. Link.
“The Whitney Library.” New Haven Museum, 2012. Link.
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