History and Genealogy of the

Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut

The Connecticut River was discovered as early as 1614 by Adrian Block, but for nine years alter it is not known that any European visited it. It is claimed that the Dutch took possession of the River in 1623. Be that as it may, Edward Winslow penetrated there in 1632, and "pitched upon a place for a house." (Broadhead, I. 210.) But in 1683, June 8, the Dutch of Manhattan made a treaty with the Indians and immediately built blockhouse on the south side of the Little River - a stream which flows into the Connecticut from the west at Suckiaug now Hartford.

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