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In 1661, the Regicides who had signed the death warrant of Charles I of England were pursued by Charles II.Two of them, Colonel Edward Whalley and Colonel William Goffe, fled to New Haven for refuge.Other New Haven militia members were on hand to escort George Washington from his overnight stay in New Haven on his way to Cambridge.
The city served as co-capital of Connecticut from 1701 until 1873, when sole governance was transferred to the more centrally located city of Hartford.
New Haven has since billed itself as the "Cultural Capital of Connecticut" for its supply of established theaters, museums, and music venues.
The New York Times said the city has "Art almost everywhere you look." Before Europeans arrived, the New Haven area was the home of the Quinnipiac tribe of Native Americans, who lived in villages around the harbor and subsisted off local fisheries and the farming of maize.
Clockwise from top: downtown New Haven skyline, East Rock Park, summer festivities on the New Haven Green, shops along Upper State Street, Five Mile Point Lighthouse, Harkness Tower, and Connecticut Hall at Yale. The Green is now a National Historic Landmark and the "Nine Square Plan" is recognized by the American Planning Association as a National Planning Landmark.
With a population of 129,779 as determined by the 2010 United States Census, The central common block is the New Haven Green, a 16-acre (6 ha) square, and the center of Downtown New Haven.