Keywords: Coasting Law
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John Chandler to Henry Dearborn about coasting law and its potential repeal, Monmouth, 1816
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816 Location: Monmouth; Boston Media: Ink on paper
G.W. Pierce on lack of job prospects, 1828
Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1828 Location: New York Media: Ink on paper
"An address to the inhabitants of the District of Maine upon the subject of their separation," Portland, 1791
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1791 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper
Online ExhibitsView All Showing 2 of 36
Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s
Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.
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.
The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?
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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789
… 'Unity' and 'Margaretta,' Machias, 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at each non-adjacent state as a way…
Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote
… of Treasury William Crawford, passed a revised Coasting Law through Congress, which turned the entire eastern seaboard into one district and thus…
Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Longfellow Era: 1807-1901
As a civil engineer for the United States Coast Survey, he charted the shoreline and harbors of New England.
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 2 of 3
Cape Verde and the Doctrines of Discovery
by Lelia DeAndrade
My Cape Verde family's culture and history is tied to the Doctrines of Discovery
Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey
Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics
Lesson PlansView All Showing 1 of 1
Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy
Grade Level: 3-5
Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.