A historical album of Connecticut by Charles A. Wills

By Charles A. Wills

A background of Connecticut, from its early exploration and payment to the kingdom at the present time.

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Page 20 tax agent, on the road to Hartford. The mob forced Ingersoll to resign his post and denounce the act. This protest and others throughout the colonies forced Parliament to reconsider the Stamp Act, and in 1766 the law was repealed. Over the next decade, however, new taxes increased the tension between Britain and its colonies. By 1774, when Parliament closed the port of Boston as punishment for the famous Boston Tea Party, Connecticut's legislature had begun stockpiling weapons and training Connecticut men for war.

The attackers set the village on fire; between 600 and 700 Pequots died horribly in the blaze. The destruction of the village finally broke the Pequots' power forever. " Page 13 A Spirit of Independence In the mid-1630s, two more English settlements joined the ''three river towns" of Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford. In 1635, English businessmen set up Saybrook Plantation at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Saybrook's founders planned the colony as a haven for wealthy Puritans facing persecution in England, but not many Puritans settled in the colony.

Others remained in England, hoping to "purify" the English church from within; thus, these people were called Puritans. In 1630, however, thousands of Puritans began leaving England to settle in Massachusetts. In 1631, Waginacut, sachem of a Sequin tribe, visited the newly founded Massachusetts Bay Colony. Waginacut's people were at war with the Pequots, and the sachem wanted the Englishmen's help in the conflict.  Puritans favored bright colors like red, yellow, blue, and green.  A small "advance party" of settlers had already arrived at the future site of Hartford late in 1635.

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