CT History 1600's

The purpose of this research is to somehow put the history of Connecticut into perspective. When we started finding the old large cents and Spanish Reales we were curious as to what was happening when these coins were minted and circulating, so we made this history timeline to compare with our coin timeline. European nations came to the Americas to increase their wealth and broaden their influence over world affairs. The Spanish were among the first Europeans to explore the New World and the first to settle in what is now the United States. By 1650, however, England had established a dominant presence on the Atlantic coast.

The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of the people who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution. The Pilgrims, founders of Plymouth, Massachusetts, arrived in 1620. In both Virginia and Massachusetts, the colonists flourished with some assistance from Native Americans. New World grains such as corn kept the colonists from starving while, in Virginia, tobacco provided a valuable cash crop.

US History CT Timeline - 1600's

1614 - Adrian Block (dutch) sails up Connecticut River

- permanent Dutch trading post established at Windsor (where Farmington river flows into CT river)
1633 -
first tobacco crop raised in Windsor

- first settlement at Wethersfield (oldest town in state)

- first permanent building built in Windsor

- 50 people settle in Hartford

- 2nd setttlement at Saybrook(fort & trading post)

- New Haven was settled - 3rd in state

Note: Most of the 1630's was spent at war between white man and Indians

- New Haven included Milford, Guilford, and Stamford

- Middletown founded

- Winthrop elected govenor of New Haven serves till 1659

- Norwich founded at head of Thames River

- charter granted by Charles II. Connecticut established as a corporation

- Andros demands all land west of CT river

- massacre of the Narragansett Indians

to 1679 - 40 years of peace

- famous Charter Oak incident

- expedition against Montreal

Continue reading the Connecticut History Timeline 1700's
Or read more historical information on the New England Colonies website