234 Illustrated map of Connecticut, c. 1950's
Maps do not typically tell a story, but this map of Connecticut shares much about the state, including its history, and many of the things that has shaped the state. This is a story that can be shared with your child- one that you can more easily tell using this map. You can start with why Connecticut is nicknamed “The Constitution State” in 1959 by the Connecticut General Assembly. If not the nickname, tell your child about how the word “Connecticut” originates from the Mohegan Indian word “Quinnehtukqut” meaning "Long River Place" or "Beside the Long Tidal River." How many kids know what a nutmeg is? Take the opportunity to talk about why Connecticut is also called the Nutmeg State, and how valuable the spice was in Colonial America.
Give a history lesson of the earliest inhabitants of the state. The Algonquian-speaking Indians were the state’s original inhabitants, and in 1615, the Dutch explored the region. By the 1930s, English Puritans colonized the Connecticut River Valley Region. Between 1703 and 1875, Connecticut had two capitals-Hartford and New Haven, and today, Hartford have remained the state’s capital. Engage your child in the interaction by pointing to the label of Hartford and the depiction of the State House on the map when talking about the capital.
The illustration of a cow on the map can lead to a discussion about Connecticut’s most valuable commodity-livestock products (milk). Cash crops are also an important part of the state’s agricultural industry, which includes tobacco and hay. Agriculture has been vital to the state’s economy even as far back as the 1950s. A hat on a map can make for an interesting story, and Danbury was the center of the hat industry in Connecticut with several factories. Kids love to explore and learning should be fun. This map is just the thing any parent needs to teach their kid about the state they live in, or to remind him or her of the place they spent vacation last summer, or simply where grandma and grandpa lives.
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