Foundations of America

QU201 Prof. Scott Leone

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Housatonic River

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The Housatonic River runs from Western Massachusetts to Western Connecticut and empties out into the Long Island Sound.  The river is around 139 miles long and its name arises from the Mohican tribe.  The name Housatonic means “beyond the mountain place.” Many people use the Housatonic River for recreational purposes such as fly fishing, white water rafting and water sports. When the Housatonic River enters Connecticut the walls of the valley become slender and the river is surrounded by hills.  The floor of the river becomes composed of rocks and the river is not used for much recreational activities but instead is known for the extravagant floodplains. As the Housatonic Rivers travels toward the Long Island Sound the characteristics of the river and surroundings constantly change.


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