The word "Connecticut" is a corruption of the Mohegan word quinetucket, which means "beside the long, tidal river”.
It is the longest river in New England, flowing roughly southward for 410 miles through four states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut). It rises at the U.S. border with QuebecCanada, and discharges at Long Island Sound.
Archaeological digs reveal human habitation in the Connecticut River Valley 6,000 years ago. In 1614, Dutch explorer Adriaen Block became the first European to chart the Connecticut River and claimed it for the Netherlands. Ensuing British settlements became ascendant until the takeover from the Dutch in 1664.
Once described as America’s “best landscaped sewer,” the Connecticut has largely rebounded from hard times and today provides drinking water for millions and supports recreational uses, important fisheries, and healthy landscapes. The river and its tributaries have received several federal designations for their wild and scenic nature and importance to the region’s cultural heritage.
Like my other river photo journeys, I also included the areas within 1/2 mile of the River (per my geotags below right) in order to capture its profound effect on the cities, towns, farms, industries and other features of the landscape nearby. 
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Charlestown NH
Charlestown NH
South Glastonbury CT
South Glastonbury CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
East Haddam CT
East Haddam CT
Lemington VT
Lemington VT
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Hadley MA
Hadley MA
Holyoke MA
Holyoke MA
Hadley MA
Hadley MA
Hadley MA
Hadley MA
Turners Falls MA
Turners Falls MA
Westminster VT
Westminster VT
Bellows Falls NH
Bellows Falls NH
Monroe NH
Monroe NH
Gilman VT
Gilman VT
Littleton NH
Littleton NH
Dalton NH
Dalton NH
South Lancaster NH
South Lancaster NH
Lunenberg VT
Lunenberg VT
Northumberland NH
Northumberland NH
Groveton VT
Groveton VT
Groveton VT
Groveton VT
Groveton NH
Groveton NH
North Stratford NH
North Stratford NH
Lake Francis NH
Lake Francis NH
1st Connecticut Lake NH
1st Connecticut Lake NH
3rd Connecticut Lake NH
3rd Connecticut Lake NH
2nd Connecticut Lake NH
2nd Connecticut Lake NH
The Glen NH
The Glen NH
Lemington VT
Lemington VT
Bloomfield VT
Bloomfield VT
Lunenberg VT
Lunenberg VT
Maidstone VT
Maidstone VT
North Monroe NH
North Monroe NH
Monroe NH
Monroe NH
Hanover NH
Hanover NH
Bradford VT
Bradford VT
White River Junction VT
White River Junction VT
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Cornish NH
Charlestown NH
Charlestown NH
Walpole NH
Walpole NH
Charlestown NH
Charlestown NH
Brattleboro VT
Brattleboro VT
West Chesterfield NH
West Chesterfield NH
Turners Falls NH
Turners Falls NH
Turners Falls NH
Turners Falls NH
Skinner St Pk NH
Skinner St Pk NH
Springfield MA
Springfield MA
Springfield MA
Springfield MA
East Hartford CT
East Hartford CT
Springfield MA
Springfield MA
Portland CT
Portland CT
Hartford CT
Hartford CT
Portland CT
Portland CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
East Haddam CT
East Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
East Haddam CT
East Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Haddam CT
Chester CT
Chester CT
Chester CT
Chester CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Chester CT
Chester CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Hadlyme CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Old Saybrook CT
Old Saybrook CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Fenwick CT
Essex Village CT
Essex Village CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Essex Village CT
Essex Village CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Old Lyme CT
Johnsonville CT
Johnsonville CT
Johnsonville CT
Johnsonville CT
Johnsonville CT
Johnsonville CT
South Glastonbury CT
South Glastonbury CT
Hartford CT
Hartford CT
Hartford CT
Hartford CT
Springfield MA
Springfield MA
Northampton MA
Northampton MA
Northampton MA
Northampton MA
Northampton MA
Northampton MA
Hatfield MA
Hatfield MA
Hatfield MA
Hatfield MA
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