The greatest natural resources in the state of Connecticut are abundant forests, rivers and associated wildlife. The land near the various rivers is also well suited for farming and riverbed sea life harvesting.
Due to its small size and abundance of water and forest, Connecticut developed different industries than other surrounding areas. Much of the forest land is preserved instead of being converted into lumber. However, it does export oak, pine and other high-quality wood for use in craftsman projects. In the past, its rivers and lakes were harvested for oysters and similar seafood, though this has decreased. Connecticut also contains various mineral deposits that are unique to the New England region. Industries moved away from land-based businesses, and as of 2014, the largest industries in Connecticut are insurance and finance.
Connecticut is one of the 13 original British colonies, making it one of the oldest states. It is also one of the smallest states, with only Delaware and Rhode Island being smaller. It played an integral role in the development of early American democracy. Though the exact origins of its nickname, the Constitution State, are unknown, it is likely due to its involvement in the federal constitutional convention of 1787.