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Early Danbury history begins with the history of Native Americans in the area. The tribe which was most prevalent in the area before European settlement was the Pahquioque tribe, a sect of the more well-known Algonquin people. These people were driven out of the area by European settlers at the end of the seventeenth century. The first settlers to move to the area were Samuel and James Benedict.
The area remained an area of quiet development for approximately one hundred years. At that time, the American Revolution was in full swing and the history of the military in the area began to develop. Danbury was a military town which was partially burned down during the war. This and other historic military events are commemorated in the local military museum; see
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After the war, the area was rebuilt.
In the 1820’s, the first major annual event, the Danbury Fair began to draw people from all over the region to the city.
Although the fair is no longer a part of the city today, its tourism draw was a major aid in building the city.
Another aid to development was the local railway which came to the area in the middle of the nineteenth century.
The history of the railway is commemorated at the local train museum, see