Connecticut Clipper or New England Whaling

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In the first half of the 19th century, Connecticut joined the race to California and China in sleek, bold Clipper Ships. Construct a model clipper with a hold to export and import cargo that built Connecticut's industry and commerce.

Using the Charles W. Morgan, (a 19th c. whaling ship now berthed at Mystic Seaport) as a model, understand the industry that brought whalebone to the Strouse Adler Company Corset Factory in New Haven to make undergarments for upstanding Connecticut ladies. With metal keeled whale.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 3.2: Organisms can survive and reproduce only in environments that meet their basic needs.
  • 4.2: All organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival.
  • 5.2: Perceiving and responding to information about the environment is critical to the survival of organisms.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • 4-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
  • 5-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity




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