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Item 7325

Letter regarding the murder of Sebastien Rasles, 1732

Letter regarding the murder of Sebastien Rasles, 1732 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 85-86.

John Minot wrote to Stephen Minot in 1732 about Indians blaming a man named Jacquish for the death of French missionary Sebastian Rale.

Minot said that a man in Brunswick was giving the Indians rum and telling them Jacquish was responsible for Rale's death.

Indian-English tensions were high at this point, especially after the killing of Rale, a man much loved by the Indians.

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Item 7530

'Death of Father Sebastian Rale,' 1856

'Death of Father Sebastian Rale,' 1856 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 85-86.



This engraving is a dramatization of Sebastian Rale's death by another, later Jesuit priest.

 

Item 6243

Letter from Thomas Pownall to Robert Monckton

Letter from Thomas Pownall to Robert Monckton / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 87-89.



Massachusetts Governor Thomas Pownall wrote to acting Governor of Nova Scotia Robert Monckton in 1758 regarding a battle at Fort St. George.

The letter describes a military operation during the French and Indian War.

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Item 7546

Sir William Pepperrell, (1696-1759)

Sir William Pepperrell, (1696-1759) / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 87-89.



William Pepperell of Kittery led a successful attack on the French at Louisbourg in 1745, Cape Breton Island (now part of Canada).

One third of the soldiers in his unit were from Maine.

Political boundaries separating Maine from the Canadian maritimes were not yet drawn, and the British were trying to push the French out of any disputed territories.

 

Item 7347

Prisoner of war letters, 1757

Prisoner of war letters, 1757 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 87-89.



During the battle of Fort William Henry at Pemaquid, October 11, 1757, several Maine soliders were captured.

Thomas Pownall wrote about the battle to Sir William Pepperrell Bart.

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Item 7529

Map of Plymouth's patent of territory on the Kennebeck

Map of Plymouth's patent of territory on the Kennebeck / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 82-89.



Maine settlements in the mid-eighteenth century are shown on this map of territory on the Kennebec.

The map is a copy from Joseph Heath's map of the region in 1719, Phineas Jones' survey of 1731 and John North's survey in 1752.

 

Item 7493

Nova Anglia Septentrionali

Nova Anglia Septentrionali / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 84.



An 18th century map was drawn by John Baptista Homann, a German mapmaker under Charles.

 

 

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