New London

USS Seawolf sails past downtown New London
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.

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American Whaler printed by Elijah Chapman Kellogg

New London’s Indian Mariners

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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Places

“Custom House Maritime Museum.” New London Maritime Society, 2016. Link.
“Flora Hercules Gravesite.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2016. Link.
“Fort Trumbull State Park.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2016. Link.
“Hempsted Houses.” Connecticut Landmarks, 2016. Link.
“Local History & Genealogy.” Public Library of New London, 2017. Link.
“Lyman Allyn Art Museum,” 2016. Link.
“Monte Cristo Cottage.” O’ Neill Center, 2016. Link.
“Nathan Hale Schoolhouse - New London.” The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revoultion, 2016. Link.
“New London County Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
“New London Harbor Lighthouse.” National Register of Historic Places, 2016. Link.
“New London Ledge Lighthouse.” National Register of Historic Places, 2016. Link.
“Pequot Colony Historic District.” National Register of Historic Places, 2016. Link.
“Shaw Mansion.” New London County Historical Society, 2016. Link.
“US Coast Guard Museum,” 2016. Link.
“Winthrop Mill.” National Register of Historic Places, 2016. Link.

Documents

Avery, Humphry. “A Plan of the Lands in New London Sequestred for the Sole Use and Improvement of the Mohegan Indian Tribe.” 1736. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
Lyman, Daniel. “A Sketch of New London & Groton with the Attacks Made on Forts Trumbull & Griswold by the British Troops Under the Command of Brigr. Genl. Arnold, Sept. 6th. 1781.” 1781. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Link.
“Digitized Historic Newspapers - Various Dates - The Day.” Google News, 2017. Link.
“Digitized Historic Newspapers - Various Dates - The Evening Day.” Google News, 2017. Link.
“Digitized Historic Newspapers - Various Dates - The Repository.” Hathi Trust Digital Library, 2017. Link.
“‘Horn Violin’ Patent Model.” National Museum of American History, 2012. Link.
“New London - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2016. Link.
“New London County Court Native Americans Collection - Inventory of Records.” Connecticut State Library, 2016. Link.
“State of Connecticut. Patent New-London and Waterford Salt-Works. Six Bushels Per Annum. Share No. 701 ...” New-London and Waterford Salt-Works, 1804. Connecticut Historical Society. Link.
Bailey, O.H. “View of New London, Conn. 1911.” Bird’s-eye Map. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1911. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.

Books

Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut: Includes Biographical. Vol. 2. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford,  CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of New London County, Connecticut with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1882. Link.
Caulkins, Frances. History of New London, Connecticut from the First Survey of the Coast in 1612, to 1852. New London, CT: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1852. Link.
Ruddy, John. New London. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 1998.
Kanzler, Carmelina. New London, a History of Its People. New London,  CT: City of New London 350th Anniversary Celebration, 1996.
Ruddy, John. Reinventing New London. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2000.
Decker, Robert. The Whaling City: A History of New London. Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1976.
Views of New London. New London, CT: The E.A. Bardol & Co., 1908. Link.
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