History of Bridgeport Connecticut – The Early Years

Bridgeport is an historic seaport town in the U.S state of Connecticut, and its second largest town. With an estimated population of144,399 in 2021, it is still the fifth busiest in New England. It is strategically positioned on the Eastern seaboard of Connecticut, where it is close to Boston, New York City, and Rhode Island. This port community offers a variety of public and private facilities for tourists and immigrants.

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The colonial history of this city traces back to the colonial era when it was a small fishing village along the river from New London, Connecticut. Here, American Indians and Dutch immigrants established a number of small communities at various points along the Riverside. The most prominent among them are Old Saybro and Smithfield; these towns served as the starting point of the New England colony. Eventually New England was absorbed into what is now known as Connecticut. The early years of Bridgeport were mostly a period of expansion due to the growth of the settlers in the region.

In the early years of this new colony, the most notable buildings in Bridgeport were the small two-story colonial style homes built on land own and in partnership with the owners of the numerous outbuildings constructed on this site. The New England pioneer fathers, among them, were responsible for the development of the present day downtown of Bridgeport, including the state capital of Hartford. Two of these structures that are now landmarks are the New Haven Union and the Continental Grain Exchange.

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