Not many cities are able to officially be part of two states. However, as the most populous city in the state of Connecticut and part of the New York metro area, Bridgeport, Connecticut is one of those cities.
As with many cities in the New England area, Bridgeport is rich with history and culture. When the area was first settled in 1659, Bridgeport was originally part of the town Stratford, then known as Pequonnock. Later the name would change to Stratified and would serve as a center for privateering during the American Revolutionary War. Bridgeport would finally be incorporated in 1821 from Stratford and Fairfield; the city would become officially charted in 1836, and the two were immediately consolidated. In the late 19th century, Bridgeport would evolve into a major manufacturing center producing vital materials such as the Bridgeport milling machine, brass fittings, ammunition, sewing machines, carriages, saddles, and brassieres. As an industrial hotspot, the town attracted many eastern European immigrants and by 1930, Bridgeport would become a thriving industrial center with over 500 factories. Our business directory can give you a listing of factories that are in use today.
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