Colonial Maine

The Beginnings of Colonial Maine, 1602-1658, by Henry S. Burrage (Portland, Maine, 1914), xv + 412 pages (including 18 pages of index).  The Digital Edition, published on CD-ROM, © October 2009.

A literate, judicious, well-reasoned, and thoroughly documented work by the Maine State Historian.  It includes accounts of the earliest exploration of, and expeditions to, the coast of Maine, beginning with Cabot's voyage of 1497; continued investigations, through the sixteenth century, of the prospects of colonization; attempts of the French to establish a colony at St. Croix, in 1604, later removed to Port Royal and abandoned in 1607; Popham's fortified settlement at the mouth of the Sagadahoc, 1607, which failed for lack of skilled and resolute colonists; the attempts of the French to establish a colony at Mount Desert, thwarted by the English; wrangling for the royal grants to Gorges (1622), Levett (1623), and Mason (1629); and the eventual establishment of settlements along the shore, including a French settlement at Castine.  The story ends in 1658, when the nascent colonies were placed under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

The contents of the publication are displayed in its index, which can be found on-line.

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