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The Reverend Lyman Beecher was an important Congregational minister known for his anti-slavery sermons.
His daughter Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin; her brother Henry Ward Beecher was a noted clergyman who vehemently opposed slavery and supported the temperance movement and women's suffrage.
Hartford is nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", as it hosts many insurance company headquarters and insurance is the region's major industry.
In 1860, Hartford was the site of the first "Wide Awakes," abolitionist supporters of Abraham Lincoln.
These supporters organized torch-light parades that were both political and social events, often including fireworks and music, in celebration of Lincoln's visit to the city.
The Dutch outpost and the tiny contingent of Dutch soldiers who were stationed there did little to check the English migration, and the Dutch soon realized that they were vastly outnumbered.
The House of Hope remained an outpost, but it was steadily swallowed up by waves of English settlers.
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The original site was located on the south bank of the Park River in the present-day Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood.