I'm off to Connecticut this evening to prepare for a talk I'm giving at the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington on Saturday. The museum is hosting a symposium on 17th-Century Connecticut and I will be speaking about the Dorchester Removal. In 1635, a large number of the inhabitants of Dorchester, Massachusetts pulled up stakes and moved to Connecticut. Why? Short answer: regional identity, political/ecclesiastical differences with the Massachusetts government, and economics.