Year Connecticut Colony Founded:
c. 1635/1636; Colonists were moving into and starting towns in future Connecticut in 1635 but the main towns did not join together to form the Connecticut colony until 1636.
Thomas Hooker and a group of Massachusetts colonists.
Motivation for Founding:
Individuals from the Massachusetts colony moved to what would become Connecticut because they were looking for more freedom and financial opportunities.
- Pequot War - 1636-1637 - This 'war' was fought between the settlers in Connecticut and the Pequot Indians. By the end of the war, the Pequot Indians were decimated.
- The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut were created in 1639. Many believe that this written Constitution would become the basis for the later United States Constitution.
- Thomas Hooker
- Jonathan Trumbell