Keywords: land trader
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee
Date: circa 1850
Location: Westport Island
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Owner in 1924: National Traders Bank
Use: Land only
Immigration is one of the most contentious topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people—the Wabanaki—permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.
Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.
Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.
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He was an early trader with the West Indies, “trading largely in sugar, molasses and lumber principally.” He was the owner of the first ship, the…
There, he encountered French traders and Native Americans and promptly chased them off. His company then sailed to the larger island of Islesboro…
Farmers, traders and manufacturers saw their overseas markets disappear. Business plummeted and ships languished.