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In the early 21st century, Bridgeport has taken steps toward redevelopment of its downtown and other neighborhoods.
In 2004, artists' lofts were developed in the former Read's Department Store on Broad Street.
Now a major junction for western Connecticut, the city rapidly industrialized.
Following the Civil War, it held several iron foundries and factories manufacturing firearms, metallic cartridges, horse harnesses, locks, and blinds.
(It has since been blasted through for construction of an expressway.) The Golden Hill Indians were granted a reservation here by the Colony of Connecticut in 1639; it lasted until 1802.
A court order, as well as a state law that made strikes by public workers illegal in Connecticut, resulted in 274 teachers being arrested and jailed.
From 1870 to 1910, Bridgeport became the major industrial center of Connecticut and its population rose from around 25,000 to over 100,000, including thousands of Irish, Slovaks, Hungarians, Germans, English, and Italian immigrants.
and became the headquarters of Remington Arms following its 1912 merger with the Union Metallic Cartridge Co.
Bridgeport was inhabited by the Paugussett Indian tribe at the time of its English colonization.
The English farming community became a center of trade, shipbuilding, and whaling.