Article Explores Hartford’s Relationship with the River

Hartford from the south on the Connecticut River. Photo/Wikipedia
Hartford from the south on the Connecticut River. Photo/Wikipedia

Hartford Courant: In the beginning, the people and their river were as one. Indeed, the Connecticut River and its fertile valley were the reason the first European settlers plunked themselves down in Hartford.

There was no way of knowing it in those days in the early 17th century, when the river was pristine, but the relationship of Hartford to the river was to change dramatically over the next four centuries. For nearly a century the people and the river would be estranged.

The river the first settlers found, however, was a source of water and protein, teeming with fish, including bountiful spring runs of shad and Atlantic salmon returning from the sea to spawn upriver.

Read more about Hartford’s relationship with the Connecticut River.