The word “Connecticut” is derived
from the Native
American word quinetucket, meaning “besides the long, tidal river”.
River Valley is known for its fertile soil, making it an important agricultural
region for crops like tobacco, corn, and dairy farming.
Arriving in 1614, the first settlers in the state
were the Dutchmen. The Dutch were fur traders who built a fort near present-day
Connecticut was the first state in the United States to
pass a law establishing a speed limit for automobiles.
In 1901, the state
enacted a law that set a speed limit of 12 miles per hour in cities and 15
miles per hour on rural roads.