On this day in 1788, Connecticut, The Constitution State, ratifies the Constitution, and becomes the fifth state in the Union.
First, here is the Preamble of the Constitution the State of Connecticut:
The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government.
Additionally, the Constitution also refers to God as “the Supreme Being, the Great Creator and Preserver of the Universe.”
Next, the state motto on the Seal of the Republic of Connecticut is “Sustinet Qui Transtulit” which is Latin for “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains.”
According to Connecticut’s Official State Website, the likely inspiration for this motto comes from Psalm 80. It’s eighth and ninth verses are as follows: “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
The three vines likely represent the three colonies that merged to form the Colony: New Haven, Saybrook, and Hartford.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the vines are supported and are, thus, bearing fruit.