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Part II: Arts Flourish in Portland

Panorama, S.E. View of Portland in 1832

Panorama, S.E. View of Portland in 1832

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Arts Flourish in Portland

Portland was the first state capital, from 1820 to 1832, and supported a diverse array of political businesses and civic activities.

The local economy thrived on fishing, shipping, and mercantile trade.

In 1832, nearly 13,000 people lived in the city, the largest community north of Boston.

Portland's business leaders, befitting their confidence and status, sought new homes and places of business designed by trained architects and furnished by the best artisans.


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