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Category: Economics, Businesses & Trade, Merchant Shipping

Historical Items

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Item 11767

Isaac Ilsley, Portland, ca. 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1840 Location: Portland; Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 17121

Stephen Longfellow letter concerning shipping case, Portland, 1826

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1826 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 18923

Theodore Barrell to Sally Sayward Barrell Keating

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1789 Location: Boston; York Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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The Life and Legacy of the George Tate Family

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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Great Cranberry Island's Preble House

The Preble House, built in 1827 on a hilltop over Preble Cove on Great Cranberry Island, was the home to several generations of Hadlock, Preble, and Spurling family members -- and featured in several books.

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William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.

Site Pages

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

The Coasting Law of 1789 'Unity' and 'Margaretta,' Machias, 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at…

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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…

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

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.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.