The History of New Hampshire, Volume 1

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S. C. Stevens and Ela & Wadleigh, 1831 - New Hampshire - 512 pages
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This three volume work is a extrodinary travel through the early history of the area as well as a plethora of little known but fascinating history. The history focuses on the NH area but its stories spread all over the northeast colonies. Religious persecution in MA forcing people north in search of freedom, relations with the Indians after they were nearly wiped out by diseases, and of course the exploration of the white mountains by Darby Field and others.
It is sometimes a challenge to read as it is printed in an ancient font with f's and s's looking nearly the same. There are some descrepencies in dates mentioned from now accepted happenings.


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