Maine Bicentennial



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In 1721, representatives of the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, and Abenaki people approached English officials in Massachusetts to insist that European settlers encroaching on native lands, withdraw. The English insisted that France ceded to them all land east of the Kennebec as far as the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Ultimately, Governor Samuel Shute declared war against the Wabanaki Confederacy on July 25, 1722.

The war became known as Dummer's War after the Massachusetts' Lt. Governor who lead the English war effort. Though the Wabanaki Confederacy managed to inflict significant losses on European settlers, English soldiers retaliated, launching a particularly vicious attack against Norridgewock during the summer of 1724, slaughtering every Native woman, child, and elder in the village.

The final battle of the war, known as the Battle of Pequawket or Lovewell's Fight, occurred on May 9, 1725 on the site that became Fryeburg, Maine.

Charles Stewart Daveis (1788-1865) studies law at Bowdoin College and later practiced admiralty law in Portland. He became a member of the Maine Senate in 1841.

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James Adams, Jr.


Portland, Maine


Battle of Pequawket, Wabanaki Confederacy, American Colonialism


United States History


Deering E83.72 .D24 1825

Mr. Daveis' Address, on the Commemoration at Fryeburg



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