Hartford is the capital of the state of Connecticut in the United States of America. Hartford is one of the largest coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. Historically, the area was once inhabited by the various tribes that were a part of the loose Algonquin confederation. The European settlements began along the meandering banks of the Connecticut River with the westward expansion. Dutch explorer Adrian Block first explored the area in 1614, and in 1633 a trading post was established at what is now Hartford. Within the next decade, the small trading post transformed into a town with throngs of restive Massachusetts Bay colonists settling in the fertile valley. The next three centuries saw the growth and developed of the town as ships were built and trading with ports like West Indies and the Mediterranean strengthened. Today, Hartford is also called the "Insurance Capital of the World” as it houses many insurance company headquarters, and insurance remains the region's major industry. The beautiful city has also been referred to as the “Knowledge Corridor” because of its 29 universities. The city boasts a plethora of sight and attractions, historical landmarks, magnificent structures, historic district, interesting museums and galleries, thriving performing arts scene, top international universities, uncrowded parks, antiques shops, scenic drives, romantic restaurants, country inns, vibrant markets, delicious cuisine and a vibrant culture that has perfectly woven itself with the modern times, while preserving the delicate yet splendid history of the city.