Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Alaric Faulkner

Second Committee Member

Martha J. McNamara

Third Committee Member

Emerson W. Baker II


Richard Foxwell was an English merchant who operated a trading house on the west bank of the St. George River in Maine from 1633 to 1636. Despite his best effort, Foxwell was unable to compete with the other English and French traders who inundated the region in the early 1630s, and he struggled to make a profit.

Foxwell's house, moreover, was built on land ceded to the French by the Treaty of St.-Germaine-en-Lye, and in 1636 he was ejected from his post in accordance with its terms. The archaeological record of the Foxwell House site and the tale of his time on the St. George River provide valuable information about the economic and political realities of life on the edge of English settlement in the New World.