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"The first homesteaders arrived from Hartford in 1649 and incorporated as a town in 1651. This early community grew flax and hemp and raised cows. During the Revolutionary War British forces under General Tryon nearly destroyed the entire town. By 1880, oyster farming dominated local industry and Norwalk had the largest fleet of steam-powered oyster boats in the world. In 1893 the town reincorporated as a city and consolidated in 1913 to the city we know today."
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"One of the original 13 colonies and one of the six New England states, Connecticut is located in the northeastern corner of the country. Initially an agricultural community, by the mid-19th century textile and machine manufacturing had become the dominant industries. The home of Eli Whitney and Samuel Colt, Connecticut was a leading manufacturer of guns and other arms."
"Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs."
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"Pack lightweight summer clothing—shorts, T-shirts, polo shirts, sundresses—for visits between late June and early September, but be sure to bring along a pair of long pants or jeans and a jacket or sweater, especially if you're visiting areas along the coast."
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