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Primary Sources for Finding Katahdin Chapter 3, Section 3

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Item 7494

Map of New England, New York, ca. 1676

Map of New England, New York, ca. 1676 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 75-81.

A map made in 1676 shows what New England and New York looked like from the perspective of European cartographers.

 

Item 7326

Letter concerning military provisions and garrison contingents, Kittery, 1695

Letter concerning military provisions and garrison contingents, Kittery, 1695 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 75-77.

Charles Frost's letter describes holdings of military stores at Kittery, York and Wells in 1694. The small amount of stores on hand contributed to the vulnerability of Maine's frontier settlements.

This letter was written in February when there was no chance for the English colonists to replenish their supplies. Food that they had grown the previous summer was probably running out and they were not yet familiar with how to efficiently farm the land in Maine or take advantage of the food that grew wild.

As hostility between the English and the Wabaakis grew, there were fewer opportunites to obtain food through trade.

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Item 7330

Letter about Indian Raid on Casco Bay, 1676

Letter about Indian Raid on Casco Bay, 1676 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 75-79.

Henry Jocelyn wrote to the Governor of Massachusetts, describing settlers problems with Indian in Casco Bay.

Often, an event like this would occur, a settler would write to the Massachusetts governors to ldescribe the event and retaliation would soon follow.

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Item 5765

Troop instructions, 1721

Troop instructions, 1721 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 79-81.

Massachusetts Governor Samuel Shute wrote to the commander of a military expedition to Maine, cautioning against killing Indians.

He seems seems to realize that violent encounters were practically inevitable.

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Item 5764

Letter from William Lithgow to Spencer Phips

Letter from William Lithgow to Spencer Phips / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 79-81.

William Lithgow wrote this letter from Fort Richmond to Massachusetts Governor Spencer Phips, on July 9, 1751, to discuss possible threats from Indians.

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Item 5439

Governor William Shirley

Governor William Shirley / Maine Historical Society

William Shirley was the governor of Massachusetts and the commander of the military in America during the French and Indian Wars in the 1750s.

 

 

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