Revolution and the New Nation

Captain Nathaniel Shaw Mansion, New London

New London’s Sound Defense

June 23, 2015

The use of privateers to supplement naval forces and wage war on an enemy was established European practice—and one the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, New London, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

Connecticut’s Loyal Subjects: Toryism and the American Revolution

May 15, 2015

Loyalists in Connecticut, often acting on beliefs tied to relegion, proved particularly prominent in Fairfield County. Many of them fled to Canada rather than face imprisonment at New-Gate. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Crime and Punishment, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Waterbury

Soldier, Patriot, and Politician: The Life of Oliver Wolcott

April 28, 2015

Oliver Wolcott served in military in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, but was also a popular member of the Continental Congress and governor of Connecticut. …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Oliver Wolcott, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Venture Smith's headstone

Venture Smith, from Slavery to Freedom

February 16, 2015

Smith’s account sheds light on the experience of enslaved and free blacks in 18th-century Connecticut.  …[more]

Categories: East Haddam, Revolution and the New Nation, Slavery and Abolition, Stonington

Am I not a man and a brother?

Early Anti-slavery Advocates in 18th-century Connecticut

February 8, 2015

Ideals advanced during the American Revolution inspired many of the state’s religious and political leaders to question and oppose slavery in the late 1700s. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Surprise, Timothy Dwight

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, War and Defense

Count de Rochambeau - French general of the land forces in America reviewing the French troops

Rochambeau Returns Over and Over to Andover

September 20, 2014

Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, was a French nobleman and army general who contributed significantly to the Colonial army’s... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Andover, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

American Chairs, Made in Connecticut

September 18, 2014

While the Windsor chair’s style and manufacture emerged in England in the early 1700s, it became extremely popular in North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Numerous Connecticut workshops used a system of apprentices and indentured servants to produce these fashionable chairs. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Lisbon, Revolution and the New Nation, Windham, Work

Dressing Table. Probably made in 1783 by the shop of Eliphalet Chapin

Connecticut Valley Style: Eliphalet Chapin Inspires a Tradition of Craft

July 27, 2014

Favoring local cherry and pine woods, this furniture maker introduced Philadelphia-style flair to New England consumers.  …[more]

Categories: Arts, Business and Industry, East Windsor, Revolution and the New Nation

Detail from the map Colony of Connecticut in North-America by Moses Park

East Haven’s Revolutionary Salt Works

July 29, 2013

East Haven's Amos Morris helped supply Americans with salt (essential for preserving food) during critical shortages brought on by the American Revolution. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, East Haven, Revolution and the New Nation, Work

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