The land that would be named Windsor was inhabited by the local River Indians. For them, the Connecticut and Farmington Rivers allowed them transportation corridors to the interior fur trade, also providing fish for sustenance and fertile floodplains for seasonal agriculture. The River Indians existed between two stronger warring groups, the Pequot and Mohawk Nations who exacted regular tributes from them in exchange for an uneasy peace. In 1631, River Indians journeyed north to English settlements at Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth, inviting English settlement in the Connecticut valley with descriptions of fertile lands and abundant wildlife. Their hope with such an alliance was to strengthen defenses in their area
For more information on Windsor, please visit The Windsor Historical Society.