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Directions: In the text-area below each group of sentences, combine all of those sentences into one effective sentence containing only one independent clause.

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Hartford is the capital of Connecticut.
It is the second largest city in the state.
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Hartford was once known as an industrial center.
It was the home of several manufacturers.
They made firearms, typewriters, bicycles, and even cars.
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Today, though, several insurance companies make Hartford their home.
Aetna, the Travelers, the Hartford, and Cigna are in Hartford.
Their home offices are within miles of one another.
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Manufacturers once took advantage of Hartford's access to the Connecticut River.
They also enjoyed Hartford's well-educated workforce.
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Eventually, cheap labor in the southern states lured manufacturing away from Hartford.
Large empty factories were all that was left of Hartford's industrial past.
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Some of these factories have been torn down.
Some of them have been converted to artists' studios.
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Today, great wealth abounds in Hartford.
The wealth is centered in the insurance industry.
However, few manufacturing jobs are still available.
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