USS Seawolf sails past downtown New London - United States Navy
The city of New London, located in—and the city seat of—New London County, sits along the Long Island Sound. Incorporated in 1784 as one of the first five Connecticut cities, New London was the colony’s first official port. Trade with the West Indies and other colonies made it an important commercial hub. In the 19th century, New London was, by volume, the whaling and sealing industry’s second-largest New England port. Today, New London is known for Ocean Beach, Fort Trumbull, the Coast Guard Academy, and Main Street, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Main Street” program.
In an era of dispossession and diminishing autonomy on land, Native American mariners learned to use Anglo-American structures and institutions to establish a degree of power and personal freedom for themselves. …[more]
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