Excerpt from Merwin's Conn. River Business Directory for 1867-8: Containing a Classified List, Alphabetically Arranged, of Business Firms, Manufacturing Establishments, Joint Stock Companies, Etc
Dutch from New Netherlands, who subsequently came up the river and built a fort at Hartford, at a place now called Dutch Point. Had this been done the controversy that afterward arose between the settlers of these separate colonies In consequence of the claim which the Dutch thus established, might perhaps have been avoided, and an extensive trade, we mean extensive for the time, might, no doubt, have been opened with the Indians in hemp, furs and deer-skins. But the Governor of Massachusetts paid no attention to the proposal, though he wisely treated the sachem courteously and generously. The Governor of Plymouth, however, Mr. Winslow, judged the subject to be worthy of more attention, and he accordingly, soon after, went to. Connecticut and discovered the river and the adjacent parts. The Com; missioners of the United Colonies, in their declaration against the Dutch in 1653, said: Mr. Winslow, one of the Commission ers for Plymouth, discovered the Fresh river when the Dutch had neither trading house nor any pretense to a foot of land there. It soon after appeared that the earnestness with which the Indian sachem solicited the English to settle upon'the river, originated in the distressed state of the river Indians, 'who were being overpowered by the Pequots. The Indian king imagined that if he could persuade the English to make settlements along the river, they would defend him against his too powerful The next year the people of Plymouth made new discoveries on the river, and founded a place at Windsor, which was subsequently settled, though the first settled town on the river was Wethersfield, four miles below Hartford, which was visited by an exploring. Party from Watertown, who erected a few huts in 1634 - 5.
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