Covers the history of the colony's growth from the time early European explorers visited the new world until the colony's ratification of the U.S. constitution. Include black-and-white photographs, maps, and a graph within chapters, a time line, a list of historical sites in the state, further reading list, and an index. Connecticut traces the history of life in the early colony. It covers early exploration and the establishment of a Dutch trading post along the Connecticut River, the success of Connecticut merchants at trading goods, and the colony's 1650 law requiring that every town with more than 50 people have a school. Later chapters discuss the battles and events of the Revolutionary War, such as a failed British raid on Greenwich in 1779, and they also discuss Connecticut's important role in forming and ratifying the Constitution. Sidebars include: Life on the frontier Pilgrims and Puritans The charter oak The New England Primer, 1690 Israel Putnam Nathan Hale Jonathan Trumbull.