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5th State (January 9, 1788), new england U.S.

State Abbreviation: CT

Nickname: Constitution State

Origin of Name: From the Native American word "quinnehtukqut," meaning "beside the long tidal river."






Connecticut State Symbols:

Capital: Hartford
Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
Connecticut State Seal
Animal: Sperm Whale
Bird: American Robin
Dance: Square Dance
Fish: American Shad
Flower: Mountain Laurel
Fossil: Eubrontes giganteus
Insect: Praying Mantis
Mineral: Garnet
Shellfish: Eastern Oyster
Ship: USS Nautilus
Song: Yankee Doodle
Tree: Charter Oak

Connecticut State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

The original inhabitants of Connecticut were Algonquian-speaking Indians. Connecticut was colonized by English Puritans from the Massachusetts Bay colony during the 1630s.

Major Rivers: Connecticut River (cuts through the center of the state), Housatonic River, Thames River


Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), American Revolutionary general

P.T. Barnum (1810-1891), showperson and co-founder of Barnum and Bailey's Circus.

Dorothy Hamill (1956- ), Olympic gold medalist and now professional ice skater with the Ice Capades.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), author of many novels, including the anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Noah Webster (1758-1843, creater of Webster's Dictionary.

Things to Do

Connecticut State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page. Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

ConneCT Kids
Facts about Connecticut and games to play.


Connecticut Folklore

Things To Do-Other Sites

Connecticut State Quarter
Read about the Connecticut State Quater and print out the color page.


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