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Connecticut (About this sound /kəˈnɛtɪkət/ ) is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States, nicknamed the "Constitution State" or the "Nutmeg state". The state borders Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and New York as well to the south because various islands of New York span Connecticut's entire coast. Southwestern Connecticut is part of the New York metropolitan area, and three of Connecticut's eight counties are in the New York City combined statistical area, commonly referred to as the Tri-State Region, including the majority of the state's population. The center of population of the state is in Cheshire, New Haven County.

Connecticut is the 29th most populous state with 3.4 million residents, and is ranked 48th in size by area, making it the 4th most densely populated state. The state has a long history dating from early colonial times and was influential in the development of the federal government. It was also the 5th U.S state to ratify the United States constitution. Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch and established a small, short-lived settlement in Hartford at the confluence of the Park and Connecticut Rivers called Huys de Goede Hoop. Initially, half of Connecticut was a part of the Dutch colony New Netherland, which included much of the land between the Connecticut and Delaware Rivers. (more...)

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There are currently eight counties in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Four of them were originally created in 1666, during the first consolidation of the colony of Connecticut from a number of smaller colonies. Two more counties were created during colonial times, and only two counties, Middlesex and Tolland counties, have been created since American independence, both in 1785. The majority of Connecticut counties are named for locations in England, where many early Connecticut settlers originated. Although Connecticut is divided into counties, there is no county government in Connecticut and local government consists of cities and towns. County government was abolished in Connecticut in 1960, although the names remain for geographical purposes. Counties are, however, still used by the state to organize its judicial and state marshall system. Connecticut's court jurisdictions still adhere to the county boundaries, except for Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven, which have been further subdivided into several jurisdictions.

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  • Total area: 5,543 mi2
    • Land: 4,845 mi2
    • Water: 698 mi2
  • Highest elevation: 2,379 ft (Mount Frissell)
  • Population 3,576,452 (2015 est)
  • Admission to the Union: January 9, 1788 (5th)

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George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000 before being sworn in as President on January 20, 2001. Bush is the eldest son of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. After graduating from Yale University in 1968, and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in his family's oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards to become Governor of Texas in 1994. In a close and controversial election, Bush was elected president in 2000 as the Republican candidate, receiving a majority of the electoral votes, but losing the popular vote to then Vice President Al Gore.

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The former Providence & Worcester railroad bridge between Middletown and Portland, Connecticut
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The former Providence & Worcester railroad bridge between Middletown and Portland, Connecticut

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