Colonial Connecticut was located in New England, the coldest part of the 13 Colonies. Winters were long, with about 20 inches of snow near the coast and 50-60 inches in the northern mountains. However, summers were mild and short with occasional thunderstorms and tornadoes.
The Appalachian Mountains and the surrounding hills in Connecticut are covered with thick trees. Fall is mild, so many people enjoy driving or hiking through the mountains to look at the colorful leaves. Since Connecticut's rocky soil made farming difficult, many colonists made their living by fishing, whaling or building ships. Others used the Connecticut River to trade with other colonies.