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Historical Items

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Item 104600

Map of the District of Maine, 1815

Contributed by: Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Date: 1815 Media: Ink on Paper

Item 104603

Greenleaf map of the State of Maine, 1820

Contributed by: Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Date: 1820 Media: Ink on paper

Item 104604

The American Eastern Seaboard, 1777

Contributed by: Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Date: 1777 Media: Ink on Paper

Exhibits

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Colonial Cartography: The Plymouth Company Maps

The Plymouth Company (1749-1816) managed one of the very early land grants in Maine along the Kennebec River. The maps from the Plymouth Company's collection of records constitute some of the earliest cartographic works of colonial America.

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The Shape of Maine

The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.

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Settling along the Androscoggin and Kennebec

The Proprietors of the Township of Brunswick was a land company formed in 1714 and it set out to settle lands along the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers in Maine.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

Despite having some political voice, a growing faction of the District's populace felt unrepresented and burdened by the distant government in Boston.

Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - The Missouri Compromise: A Moral Dilemma

Greenleaf map of the State of Maine, 1820Item Contributed byOsher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Within the United States…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Maine in the 17th Century

… increased and altered over the next century, its political position, as well as its people increasingly homogenized with the parent colony, as…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.

Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Nation to Nation: Treaties and Legislation between the Wabanaki Nations and the State of Maine

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan asks high school students to think critically about and look closely at documentation regarding the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the Wabanaki Tribes/Nations and the State of Maine. This lesson asks students to participate in discussions about morality and legislative actions over time. Students will gain experience examining and responding to primary and secondary sources by taking a close look at documents relating to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 (MICSA) and the issues that preceded and have followed the Act.