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It’s hard to overstate the role that stagecoaches played in transforming the United States from 13 colonies, reliant on Great Britain for trade, into an independent economic powerhouse. Starting in the late 1700s, stagecoach routes stitched together Connecticut and brought it closer to the other new states, making the new country viable. For more than 50 years, before trains arrived, stagecoaches were the way to travel, even though they were cramped, bumpy, subject to breakdown and had no temperature control. Hear about life in the stagecoach era from experts Richard DeLuca, author of Post Roads and Iron Horses and Brigid Guertin, Executive Director of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.