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Hartford, Connecticut was founded by Dutch traders in the early 1600’s and established by the Reverend Thomas Hooker in 1636--- what started as a fort called the “House of Hope” is now a land of growth and opportunity for an enormously diverse population.

Hartford is the home of such internationally known treasures as the Wadsworth Atheneum (the nation’s first public museum), as well as attractions like the Mark Twain House, the Hartford Stage, the Bushnell Memorial, and the Artists Collective. But ever since traders used the Connecticut River to conduct business, Hartford become a financial and insurance powerhouse. Companies such as Aetna, The Hartford Insurance Group, Phoenix, and St. Paul-Travelers have their roots here--- as does industrial giants like United Technologies.