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Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Stamford was known as Rippowam by the Native American inhabitants to the region, and the very first European settlers to the area also referred to it that way. The name was later changed to Stamford after a town in Lincolnshire, England. The deed to Stamford was signed on 1 July 1640 between Captain Turner of the New Haven Colony and Chief Ponus. The land that now forms the city of Stamford was bought for 12 coats, 12 hoes, 12 ratchets, 12 glasses, 12 knives, four kettles, and four fathoms of white wampum. The deed was renegotiated several times until 1700 when the territory was given up by the Native American inhabitants for a more substantial sum of money.

In 1641, Rippowam was settled by 29 Puritan families who had chosen to leave Wethersfield. The group had formed "The Rippowam Company" and contracted with the New Haven Colony to settle the Rippowam area.[2] Hence initially the settlement was a part of the New Haven Colony, as was Greenwich to the west. The name of the settlement was changed to Stamford on April 6, 1642.


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    Stamford, and extensive and populous maritime post township, is situated on Long Island sound, in the southwestern part of the county and State, 10 mi...Read MORE...


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  • 1906
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  • 1920 - November 16 - 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn

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