The Timeline

Important Dates in Connecticut's History

INTRODUCTION: Connecticut History Overview

1614--Adriaen Block, representing the Dutch, sails up the Connecticut River.
1611-1630--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1633--Dutch fort erected, the House of (Good) Hope, on the future site of Hartford. Plymouth Colony sends William Holmes to found a trading post at Windsor.
1634--Wethersfield founded by John Oldham and people from Massachusetts.
1635--Saybrook founded by John Winthrop, Jr. and fort erected by Lion Gardiner.
1636--Thomas Hooker and company journey from Newtown (Cambridge). Massachusetts to found Hartford.
1637--Pequot War.
1638--The New Haven Colony
1639--Fundamental Orders of Connecticut adopted by Freemen of Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor; John Haynes chosen first Governor; George Fenwick second governor of Saybrook colony; Henry Whitfield helps establish the town of Guilford.
1631-1640--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1643--Connecticut joins in forming the New England Confederation.
1644--Construction of the ”The Phantom Ship” authorized.
1646--New London founded by John Winthrop, Jr. (Ann Dudley Winthrop)
1650--Code of laws drawn up by Roger Ludlow and adopted by legislature.
1641-1650--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1657--First iron works begun in New Haven (Branford).
1660--Regicides John Dixwell, William Goffe and Edward Whalley flee to New Haven
1651-1660--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE
1611-1650--WRITERS, THINKERS AND ARTISTS OF THEIR AGE

1662--John Winthrop,Jr. obtains a charter for Connecticut.
1665--Union of New Haven and Connecticut Colonies completed. Matthew Griswold
1661-1670--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1675-76--Connecticut participates in King Philip's War which was fought in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
1671-1680--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1687--Andros assumes rule over Connecticut; Charter Oak episode occurs.
1689--Connecticut resumes government under charter; French and Indian War begins.
1681-1690--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1693--New York Governor Benjamin Fletcher confronts Connecticut Governor.
1698--Fitz-John Winthrop elected governor of Connecticut; Colchester settled.
1691-1700--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE
1651-1700--WRITERS, THINKERS AND ARTISTS OF THEIR AGE

1701--Collegiate School authorized by General Assembly.
1702--Queen Anne’s War bypasses Connecticut.
1708--Saybrook Platform permits churches to join regional consociations.
1701-1710--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1717--Collegiate School moves to New Haven; called Yale the next year.
1711-1720--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE
1721-1730---AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1731--Disputed Connecticut/New York boundary line settled (confirmed in 1891).
1740--Manufacture of tinware begun at Berlin by Edward and William Pattison.
1740's--Johnathan Edwards and the height of religious "Great Awakening".
1731-1740--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1745--King George’s War (French & Indian War), Connecticut troops under Roger Wolcott help capture Louisburg.
1741-1750--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE
1701-1750--WRITERS, THINKERS AND ARTISTS OF THEIR AGE

1755--Connecticut Gazette of New Haven, the Colony's first newspaper, printed by James Parker at New Haven; Nathan Hale born in Coventry.
1751-1760--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1763--Brick State House erected on New Haven Green.
1764--Connecticut Courant, the oldest American newspaper in continuous existence to the present, launched at Hartford by Thomas Green.
1765--Sharp opposition to Stamp Act.
1766--Governor Thomas Fitch who refused to reject the Stamp Act defeated by William Pitkin.
1767--Thomas and Samuel Green launch newspaper which after many changes becomes New Haven Journal-Courier.
1769--Connecticut officially extends jurisdiction over Susquehanna Company area in Northern Pennsylvania.
1761-1770--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE

1774--Silas Deane, Eliphiat Dyer, and Roger Sherman represent Connecticut at First Continental Congress.
1775--Several thousand militia rush to Massachusetts in "Lexington Alarm."
1771-1775--AND ELSEWHERE IN HISTORY WORLDWIDE
1751-1775--WRITERS, THINKERS AND ARTISTS OF THEIR AGE

By our charter, the Lexington Alarm signals the end of colonial history for the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut

1775--Benedict Arnold, Fort Ticonderoga first gun powder mill, Bunker Hill


EPILOGUE

1776--Samuel Huntington, Roger Sherman, William Williams and Oliver Wolcott sign the Declaration of Independence; large majority of Connecticut people under Governor Jonathan Trumbull support the Declaration.

APPENDIX

The Constitution State
The Theological Disputes
The American Colonies
The Declaration of Independence
The Indians of Connecticut
The Colonial Military
The Colonial Schools
The Flags and Seals of Connecticut
The Colonial Towns of Connecticut