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Primary Sources for Finding Katahdin Chapter 3, Section 2

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Item 7481

Request for help defending against Indians

Request for help defending against Indians / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 69.

People of an unidentified Maine town in 1644 petitioned the government of Massachusetts requesting that their tax money be used to help defend them from hostile Indians.

Maine communities generally had very small garrisons and little money to improve their defenses. The government they were petitioning in Massachusetts had little power to help.

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Item 7348

Deed from Warrabitta and Nanateonett to George Munjoy

Deed from Warrabitta and Nanateonett to George Munjoy / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 69.

In 1666, Native American, Warrabitta and Nannateonett deeded land along the Amancongon (Presumpscot) river to George Munjoy for the "value of three skins."

Europeans and Indians had different ways of thinking about land and land ownership.

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Item 7354

Robinhaud deed to land at Sheepscot River, 1662

Robinhaud deed to land at Sheepscot River, 1662 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 69-70.

Robinhood of Wiscasset granted to Thomas Clives (Cleaves or Cleeves) a parcel of land on the Sheepscot river in 1662.

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Item 7287

Wesumbe deed, Nov. 28, 1668

Wesumbe deed, Nov. 28, 1668 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 69.

In 1668, Wesumbe granted land near Kittery to Francis Small. The deed spells out exact terms of the deal.

Wesumbe and Small probably both thought that they were getting the better of the deal because of their different ideas about land ownership.

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Item 7350

Letter about Abenaki village raid, 1721

Letter about Abenaki village raid, 1721 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, pabe 72-74.

This 1721 letter, from Joseph Harmon and Joseph Heath[?] to Colonel Edmund[?] Goffe, recounts a raid on French Missionary Sebastian Rale's settlement in Norridgewock, 1721. This letter makes it clear that the British felt that any French and Indian relationship, even one of spiritual instruction, was detrimental to the English colonies.

The document also describes the difficulties of getting around in Maine, as the authors request Indian-style moccasins and snow shoes in order to move around more quickly in the Maine woods.

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