capital of Conn., in the central part, on the Connecticut River
Origin of Hartfordnamed after Hertford, England, birthplace of Samuel Stone (1602–63), Puritan leader and a founder of the town
The capital of Connecticut, in the north-central part of the state on the Connecticut River. Settled 1635–1636 by Massachusetts colonists on the site of a Dutch trading post, it became the nucleus of the Connecticut Colony in 1639. From 1701 to 1875 it was joint capital with New Haven. Today it is known for its insurance industry.