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Item 7476

Instruction from Henry Clinton to British troops, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1779-04-15

Location: Thomaston

Media: Ink on paper

Item 7475

Henry Clinton letter on Penobscot River fort, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1779-04-13

Location: Castine

Media: Ink on paper

Item 7478

John Campbell to Henry Clinton about capture of Peleg Wadsworth

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1781-03-15

Location: Castine

Media: Ink on paper

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Southern Cross commemorative print, ca. 1928

Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.

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Letter from POW camp, 1944

Prisoners of War

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.

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Custom House, Portland, ca. 1910

Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

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.