Local Landmarks That Owe Their Names To Pre-Colonial Languages

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On Saturday, the Algonquin Confederacy of the Qunnipiac Tribal Council (ACQTC) and the Old Stone Congregational Church in East Haven are hosting a joint summer social.

Last year, as part of the 300th anniversary of the Old Stone Church, the ACQTC joined the church in renewing the Sacred Bond of Covenant between the two groups with a . This summer's event will feature stories, educational displays, and an opportunity for guests to hear the spoken Wampano-Quiripi language, which was once the dominant tongue of the Branford area. (For a refresher on Branford's early residents, check out my .)

In honor of that event (which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Stone Church), I thought I'd point out some local landmarks, in Branford and the surrounding area, that owe their names to pre-colonial languages. Do you know where these names come from, or what they mean? If you have any names to add to this list, I'll check them out for next week. In the meantime, how many of the early meanings behind these names can you identify?

  1. Connecticut
  2. Quinnipiac
  3. Montowese
  4. Owenego
  5. Totoket
  6. Pawson Park
  7. Sagamore Cove
  8. Sachem's Head (Guilford)
  9. Tuxis Island (Madison)
  10. Mystic


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