Ferryboats are still the most affordable way to see the sights.
January 10, 2012
Connecticut entered the Union on January 9 1788 as the 5th of the first 13 states.
I hope they forgive me for honoring them a day late, since it's a very, very important state.
Just ask them.
Just the names of some of their counties sound important:
Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham.
As does their motto:
Says so right on their flag.
“Yankee Doodle Dandy," their state song, reminds people of the important role Connecticut played in the Revolutionary War.
Not to mention Nathan Hale, their state hero, who said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
They come by their state ship the U.S.S. Nautilus naturally since David Bushnell, a Westbrook native, drew the plans for the first submarine in 1776.
Now that's forward thinking.
Also in "The Hartford Courant," they have the oldest newspaper in the country that you can still peruse for the current news.
And then they do have Yale and your state doesn't.
The Praying Mantis, originally from Europe, nonetheless likes to hang out there and is proudly designated the state insect since they're good for local agriculture.
Speaking of locals, people who live in or who are from Connecticut are called Connecticuters.
How cute is that.
Algonquian tribes inhabited the area prior to European settlement and indeed the state name itself means "Long tidal river" from the Algonquin Indian word, "quonehtacut."
While it's also known as The Nutmeg State, its own colonial constitution of 1638 is the basis for its official nickname.
It is said you know you're from Connecticut when you sail or know someone who does and root for all the New York sport's teams.
It's a great state.
And by all means, if you're passing though New Haven, stop at Ernie's for the pizza.