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Item 6777

Capt. Mowat's warning to Falmouth, 1775

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775-11-16 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Portrait of Nathaniel Barrell, 1816

Contributed by: Old York Historical Society Date: circa 1816 Location: York Media: Oil on wood

Item 102187

George Walton on the state of the war prisoners to General Lincoln, Georgia, 1779

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1779-10-13 Location: Sunbury; Savannah Media: Ink on paper

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Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775

At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine.


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.


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.

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Kings Landing Historical Settlement

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Surry by the Bay - Early Settlement

Benjamin Milliken was the only Loyalist on record from Surry. Moses Hammond, Andrew Flood and Sterling Hopkins fought against the British.

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec History

Smith, Joshua M., Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820, 2006.