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Religious Freedom
MPBN: Home Series, Moving Image, 0:00:50

In the mid-1600s, approximately 5,000 English colonists lived in coastal settlements from Pemaquid to Kittery. The economy thrived, relations with Native Americans were generally good, and there was an atmosphere of religious tolerance.

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Freedom of religion
Native Americans
Settlements

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Petition from Town of Pittston
Fogler Special Collections, Text

Petition from the town of Pittston to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on the subject of statehood for the District of Maine.

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Settlements
Statehood Maine
State-local relations

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Turning Point for Indian Culture
MPBN: Home Series, Moving Image, 0:03:02

The frontier wars continued until the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. In order to survive, the natives began to fit into a new kind of economy, and had to adopt a different way of living.

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Indian land transfers
Indian Nonintercourse Act, 1790
Native Americans
Passamaquoddy Tribe
Settlements

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Trip from Damariscotta Mills to Madawaska
Maine State Archives, Text

Pages from a journal regarding a trip from Damarariscotta Mills to Madawaska, mentioning the terrain, French settlers living along the route and their churches, Indians found living there, and conflict with representatives of the British Gov't in N.B.

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Churches
Conflict-Stability: control of Maine, land disputes, French-English-Indians
Surveys
Waterways
Native Americans
Rivers
Settlements
Land Disputes

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William Allen's essay on Norridgewock
Maine Historical Society, Text

This essay describes the natural beauty of the area around Norridgewock, Maine. Also, William Allen describes the Abenaki Tribe and Father Sebastien Rasle's ministry with them. Allen gives the Indian Name to the area which seems to be, "Nanransouack".

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Abenaki Indians
Allen, William, 1780-1873 -- Prose literature
Indians of North America -- Maine -- History
Jesuits -- Missions -- United States -- Maine
Manuscripts
Names, Indian
Native Americans
Norridgewock (Me.) -- Description and views
Rasle, Father Sebastien
Rasle, Father Sebastien, 1657-1724
Sandy River (Me.)
William, Allen

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Letter about a raid on an Abenaki village
Maine Historical Society, Text

This letter was written by Johnson Harmon and Joseph Heath to Col. Goffe recounting a raid on the settlement at Norridgewock where Jesuit priest Father Sebastien Rasles (Rale) lived.

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Abenaki Indians -- Maine
Dummer's War,1721-1727 -- Manuscripts
Goff,,
Goffe
Harmon, Johnson
Heath, Joseph
Indians of North America -- Maine -- History
Jesuit missions -- Maine -- Norridgewock
Manuscripts
Minot, Stephen
Missions -- Maine -- Norridgewock
Native Americans
Rale, Sebastien
Rasles, Sebastien
Rasles, Sebastien, 1657-1724

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Europeans Bring Disease
MPBN: Home Series, Moving Image, 0:01:33

Some estimates show that ninety percent of Maine's Indians were lost to European disease in the 1600's. The decimation of the native population, which happened between 1616 and 1619, is known as the Great Dying.

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Great Dying -- 1616 / 1619
Native Americans
Settlements
Smallpox -- America -- History

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Minister Hugh Henry v. the town of Scarborough
Maine State Archives, Text

Court Case involving the Minister Hugh Henry suing the town of Scarborough for past wages. This is the town's response regarding the impact of the Indian wars on the people of the town 1725.

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Indians of North America
Colonial Indian Wars
Colonists -- North America
Conflict-Stability: control of Maine, land disputes, French-English-Indians
Frontier and pioneer life -- North America
Indians -- wars: King Phillips, Anglo-Wabanaki, French-Indian
Judicial proceedings
Religion
Native Americans
Settlements
Land Disputes

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King Phillip's War
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The reduced numbers of the Wabanaki people encouraged invasions by the western Mohawk Indians. As King Philip's War began in Massachusetts, and hostilities in Maine shifted quickly to war between the English and the Indians.

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King Philip's War, 1657-1676
Mohawk Indians
Native Americans
Settlements
Wabanaki Tribe

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Facing Maine's Winter
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The settlers had to face the cold winter in Maine. In order to heat their home for the winter, each family had to cut lots of wood and produce enough food during the short growing season. Everybody had to have some kind of farming.

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Stove -- Benjamin Franklin
Farming/Agriculture
Settlements
Frontier and pioneer life

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