Getting to know the Connecticut River Author:Elizabeth Gemming In 1614, the Dutch fur trader, Adriaen Block, sailed up the Connecticut River. Friendly Indians greeted him adn showed him their beautiful furs. Block named the area New Netherlands and rushed back to Holland with news of his discovery. The same year the Englishman Captain John Smith explored the coastal areas around Cape Code. He named teh ... more »area New England.
The settlement of the Connecticut River Valley was soon underway, surviving an extended period of Indian wars. Even more valuable than furs to the settlers was the Connecticut's tremendous waterpower, which was later harnessed to make paper and a wide variety of industrial goods.
Elizabeth Gemming highlights the history of the area, which includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, from the earliest days to the present. She shows how each advance for teh area's industrial economy had a harmful effect on the region's abundant wildlife and discusses present attempts to clean up the river with lively anecdotes based on her extensive research. Attractive drawings of Heidi Palmer compliment this informative, highly readable text.« less