The name Connecticut is derived from the Native American designation of Quenticut, meaning "long tidal river".

The Connecticut River flows from the U.S.-Canadian border to Long Island Sound, its 410 miles creating the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, and traversing the midsections of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In the early days, the river was a main thoroughfare of transportation for the entire New England region. The river provided rich natural resources and a fertile flood plan so that agriculture thrived. The water power of the river and its tributaries allowed a booming Industrial Revolution and growth of towns along its banks. It was on the Connecticut River that the first steamboat was invented and the first submarine was launched.

The Connecticut River is designated as an American Heritage River.

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Connecticut River Byway
Information on the culture, history, recreation activities, natural resource, railroads, and farming of the river valley between New Hampshire and Vermont.
Connecticut River Joint Commission
Partnership among the governments of New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as businesses, farmers, conservationists and citizens, to promote economy while preserving natural resources.
Connecticut River Named National Blueway
Article by Steve Grant published May 24, 2012 in The Hartford Courant.
Connecticut River Watershed Council
Group which advocates the environmental well-being of the entire Connecticut River, which encompasses over 11,000 square miles of land in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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Article by Julie Leibach published in the November-December 2012 issue of Audubon Magazine.
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