HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford is trying to recapture its status as the nation's insurance capital by drawing in a specialized insurance business that is finding a home elsewhere.

Since the 18th century, Hartford — home to Aetna Inc., Cigna, The Hartford, Travelers Cos. and others — has been synonymous with insurance. Even Hartford's skyline is dominated by the 34-story granite Travelers tower built in 1919.

But as the industry fragmented and companies merged and sold units and shifted headquarters to other states, Connecticut's luster as the insurance leader dimmed.

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