Seabrook and Saybrook and Dutch Mapmaking

Who named Saybrook? Spoiler alert: no one really knows. Readers of history should always keep two axioms in mind: “History is written by the victors,” and “History is the story told most often.” Both of these sayings are germane to the naming of Saybrook.

Learn more about what is known and what is conjecture about the naming of the town. Read about Dutch mapmakers’ linguistic tug-of-war between English names and Dutch names, especially along the Connecticut coast.