CONNECTICUT & THE SEA
How the sea influences state history, culture, agriculture and commerce
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The history of Connecticut has been powerfully shaped by the sea. For hundreds of years, Connecticut has looked to the open waters of the Atlantic, Long Island Sound, the coastal estuaries and inland rivers -- for both inspiration and livelihood. Connecticut's people have always aggressively found new ways and new industries to exploit the sea's bounty, pursue adventure on and under its surface, and enjoy its vast beauty.
It is a steadily unfolding story of boundless possibilities met by extraordinary ingenuity. Through new ideas and technologies, fishery development, naval defense, and exploration -- Connecticut’s continuing connection to the sea helped not only to build the state, but also played a large part in America's maritime story.
Although the sea was once the economic mainstay of Connecticut and a dominant part of its culture, many state residents today have little sense of its exceptional role in state history. But Connecticut’s seafaring ways and its coastal connections continue to spur imagination and stimulate the economy. These are the sea stories that make Connecticut history, and that continue to influence Connecticut today. These are the stories of Connecticut and the sea
Produced, Written & Directed by Kenneth A. Simon. Part of the Connecticut Experience video documentary series.
ORIGINAL BROADCAST: May 2000