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Connecticut Historic Firsts

While Connecticut was first explored by the Dutch, who founded trading posts, the first permanent settlements were made by English Puritans from Massachusetts, starting in 1633.

Connecticut has the most historical firsts:

  • first constitution adopted, establishing representative government (1639)
  • first newspaper (1764)
  • first submarine (1775)
  • first American law school (1784)
  • first insurance company (1795)
  • first cotton gin (1799)
  • first dictionary (1807)
  • first movable parts mass production in use, making clocks (1808)
  • first revolver (1836)
  • first public art museum (1842)
  • first portable typewriter (1843)
  • first use of anesthesia (1844)
  • first sewing machine (1846)
  • first ice-making machine (1853)
  • first can opener (1858)
  • first tape measure (1868)
  • first pay phone (1877)
  • first collapsible toothpaste tube (1892)
  • first hamburger (1895)
  • first submarine (1900)
  • first lollipop (1908)
  • first Frisbee (1920)
  • first vacuum cleaner (1933)
  • first Polaroid camera (1934)
  • first helicopter (1939)
  • first color television (1948)
  • first atomic powered submarine (1954)

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