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    What is the shape of Connecticut?

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   At first its western border went 3000 miles due west to the Pacific Ocean. (State building has to start somewhere…)

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   Mark Stein describes it this way¹:

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   “During the years that Connecticut was disputing its border with Massachusetts, it was also arguing with New York. The conflict emanated from a charter bestowed upon Connecticut in 1662. King Charles II granted Connecticut all the land bounded on the east by Narragansett Bay, on the north by the Massachusetts Colony, on the south by Long Island Sound, and on the west, as had become a tradition, the Pacific Ocean.”

   This, of course isn’t the end of the story. After a bunch of battles with settlers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania (the Susquehanna Company having purchased lands from Indians) shooting at each other, those in Pennsylvania won out; and under pressure from the Federal Government (USA) to “donate” far-flung unoccupied lands for future states, Connecticut cut (no pun intended) off its long tail. Connecticut did, for while, retain its “Western Reserve” land that was in Ohio, until it proved unprofitable and “released it” in 1800.

   A shadow of Connecticut’s first presence in Ohio remains in a Cleveland-based university named Case Western Reserve.

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   ¹ Mark Stein, How the States Got Their Shapes (HarperCollins, 2008).