Early 19th-Century Immigration in Connecticut
Early 19th-Century Immigration in Connecticut. Numerous factors contributed to the growth of Connecticut in the decades following American independence. Among these were the state’s abundant supplies of water for powering industry, its navigable rivers, natural resources, proximity to major metropolitan areas, and access to the sea. Perhaps most important, however, were its people. After utilizing its citizens’ good old-fashioned “Yankee ingenuity” to lay the groundwork for industrialization, the human resources driving Connecticut’s growth in the early 19th century came increasingly from overseas. Waves of immigrants from northern and western Europe helped the state grow and prosper and paved the way for the massive influx of immigrants that occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.