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The Connecticut State Motto
The Connecticut motto is expressed in Latin as "Qui transtulit sustinet" which means:

"He who transplanted sustains"

The Meaning of the Connecticut State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto is the same as the motto on the public seal and was adopted in 1788. The origin of the motto was explained in an article written in 1889 by State Librarian Charles J. Hoadley who stated that "The vines symbolize the Colony brought over and planted here in the wilderness...expresses our belief that He who brought over the vine continues to take care of it "Qui transtulit sustinet."

"He who transplanted sustains"


The Connecticut State Nickname
The Connecticut Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Connecticut nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

Connecticut State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Constitution State
Arsenal of the Nation
Land of Steady Habits
The Nutmeg and Provisions State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Connecticut Nicknames
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

Constitution State
The origin of the official Constitution nickname are believed to relate a statement made by the American philosopher and historian John Fiskes (18421901) who claimed that the Fundamental Orders of 1638-1639 was the first written constitution in history. The General Assembly designated Connecticut with this nickname in 1959.

Arsenal of the Nation
The origins of the nickname 'Arsenal of the Nation' dates back to the American Revolution when factories produced the guns and firearms that were the main suppliers to the Continental Army.

Land of Steady Habits
The Land of Steady Habits derives from the effort that was made to raise a high level of moral consciousness and behaviour in the lands.

Nutmeg and Provisions State
The Nutmeg is said to be a reference to some far from honest citizens who were said cheated buyers by selling them wooden nutmegs. The Provisions State is a reference to the War of Independence (17751783) when Connecticut supplied the American soldiers with most of its food and canon.


The Constitution of Connecticut
The constitution of Connecticut establishes the basic rights of Connecticut's citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government."

Preamble of the Constitution of Connecticut


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