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About half of Alabama
Since colonial times, Connecticut has
been a leading industrial state. Over the years, the state has produced friction
matches, submarines, lollipops, safety fuses, mechanical calculators, and sewing
Today, Connecticut is an important producer of transportation equipment
including nuclear submarines, helicopters, and jet engines. The state is also a
leader in the manufacturing of electronics and plastics.
Connecticut is corporate home to many world-renowned companies, such as Xerox,
General Electric, and Union Carbide. For more than 180 years, Hartford has been
the nation’s insurance capital. This industry began with ship and cargo
insurance during the 18th century. Fire insurance was introduced in 1794 and
over the next century, life, accident, and health insurance followed. There are
106 insurance companies in Hartford alone.
Agriculture is also important to the state. Connecticut’s farms produce dairy
and poultry products, tobacco, vegetables and fruits, and nursery items.
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