Yale has been a part of the New Haven scene for such a long time that we are prone to forget this was not its original location. Yale moved to New Haven from Saybrook, and the circumstances under which it came here are interesting.
We are all familiar nowadays with the efforts New Haven and other cities make to attract new enterprises to their communities. That Yale's permanent establishment here nearly 250 years ago was the result of a Colonial counterpart of such and effort will come as a surprise to many. In fact, the three-year fight for the "Collegiate School," as Yale was first called, involved a number of Connecticut towns and was one of the most spirited controversies in the State's history.
Yale University, "Yale in New Haven" (1962). Publications on Yale History. 14.
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