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Despite its inenviable reputation as the ‘filing cabinet of America’, Connecticut’s capital can still surprise. Originally ettled in the 1600s by Dutch traders, it's among New England’s oldest cities and has a remarkable variety of sights and museums. The colony’s Fundamental Orders are generally considered as America’s first written constitution. In later years the city generated wealth from manufacturing Colt .45 pistols and its vibrant publishing sector attracted Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Wallace Stevens, among others.