Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine (Google eBook)
This is a study of the role Maine played in the fight for independence in America. The book covers the Stamp Act crisis, the onset of revolution, military activity, British occupation and efforts towards statehood. It deals with the social, political, cultural and military aspects of the War.
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The reviewer's familiarity with Maine's colonial history is limited. Both Maine and New Hampshire were siezed by the Bay Colony in the 17th century. New Hampshire's annexation came about around 1646-47 with the aid of a fifth column of Puritan sympathizers who considered that the city on a hill must be large enough to support a temple of Mammon, so to speak. New Hampshire then included the best known mast reserves for the Royal Navy, and Massachusetts hoped to control that arm of the Crown's forces. Maine's annexation came in two phases, both supported by armed Massachusetts militia, in 1652-53 and in 1668. Both were seizures of Maine's highly productive near-shore fishing areas, and the first followed the collapse of the fisheries near shore along the Boston-Salem axis. When the King's commissioners directed Massachusetts to return New Hampshire and Maine to their rightful owners after the Restoration, Massachusetts returned New Hampshire to the status of an independent crown colony, but again seized Maine at gunpoint. A good history of this period is Charles Clark's "The Eastern Frontier."
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An enlightening book about the goings on in Maine during the Revolution. Read full review