Hartford is the State Capitol of Connecticut, with a population of around 125,000 people. The City dates back to the time of Dutch Settlement in 1623 for a short while before English settlement took place, with Hartford becoming a River Trading Post in 1633, and the City Founded in 1637. This early settlement makes Hartford one of the most historic cities in the United States.
The city is located on the Connecticut River and is inland from the coast, roughly 125 miles north from New York City and 110 miles south of Boston. The city is best known as a center for Insurance, sometimes being called the “Insurance Capital of the World”.
A little known fact is that Hartford was where in the 1890’s to early 1900’s that a Bicycle manufacturer set up a business called the Pope Motor Carriage Company, and joining with another company, the Electric Vehicle Company of Hartford, they began making the Columbia Electric cars, that looked like a buggy carriage on four wheels, powered by 20 two-volt batteries. The cars went into production in 1903 but lasted just three years. One of their cars, a 1904 model is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. The company folded in 1912. For interest also see www.bplegal.com/wseldon for a story on George Seldon, who patented the rights to produce automobiles using gasoline fuel.
Hartford’s most famous citizens were Mark Twain, who wrote the classic Adventure books about ‘Tom Sawyer’(published 1876) and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ (published 1884), and Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, published in 1852, this book having a tremendous impact at the time on attitudes towards slavery. You can visit their homes here in Hartford.
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