Keywords: Aroostook War, 1839
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Contributed by: Fort Kent Historical Society
Location: Fort Kent
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.
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… I was someone who was living at the time of the Aroostook War (also known as the “Pork and Beans War” and the “Lumberjack War”), I would be nervous…
… Adventures in Aroostook County
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Train Crossing the Aroostook River Bridge, Presque Isle, c. 1990 Contributed by Oakfield Historical Society…