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Established in 1638 on the banks of the Connecticut River in Connecticut, New Haven grew as a center of learning with the establishment of Yale College (1701), and in the late eighteenth century with the manufacture of guns, clocks, and hardware, and . Early in the nineteenth century the city’s commercial leaders, hoping to steal some of the river traffic from Hartford, built the short-lived and commercially unsuccessful Farmington Canal (1834) to link their city with Northampton in Massachusetts.

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