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Bath's Historic Downtown - Merchants' Row

Merchants are usually operators of stores. Merchants' Row is located at 108, 114, and 116 Front Street, the home of many retail stores, built at a…

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Historic Hallowell - Shipping

Examples of products would be food, ingredients, and medicine. They shipped potash which is found in chimneys, and it was made into gun powder.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789

… 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at each non-adjacent state as a way to raise port revenue.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Turn of the Century to the War of 1812

The population had increased nearly fifty percent during the 1790s, and between 1794 and 1807 the shipping industry tripled.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - 1790s: A Growing Movement

… that total separation was requisite for the economic prosperity and safety of the state. During the gubernatorial elections in the spring of 1795…

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

… Massachusetts because of otherwise inconvenient shipping laws, and a growing inland debate ensued over tension between land proprietors and…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview

… in the 17th and 18th centuries, social and economic development, and the resulting international trade in fish, furs and lumber led to the boom…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

… seaboard into one district and thus avoided the economic burden and inefficiency of travel under the Coasting Law of 1789.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Student Exhibits

… and The Opera House Ledyard Block Lincoln Block Merchants' Row Old Town Hall and Grant Building The Patten Free Library The Railroad Station…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Customs House

… an office for the Port Surgeon and a room for the Merchant's Exchange and Board of Trade. When the building opened in 1858, Joseph Berry was…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 1 of 2

The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation Overwhelmingly dedicated to independence from Britain, Mainers quieted any murmurs of…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 2 of 2

The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation The committee sent a similar address to the citizens of Maine urging them to support…