By James Ellis
New England was once demanding hit by way of the struggle of 1812 with nice Britain. The warfare critically injured the maritime and advertisement economic system and infected the adaptation in pursuits among the Northeast and the remainder of the rustic, the place agriculture used to be the mainstay. waiting for the damage one other battle with England might convey, New England's local leaders antagonistic it from the outset. get together politics performed an enormous function. Federalists, dominant within the Northeast, at each flip badgered and challenged the struggle guidelines of the management and its majority Democratic Republican occasion. New England's churchmen, nonetheless seriously motivated through Puritanism, railed opposed to the ungodly activities of the nationwide govt. yet monetary matters proved to be a better resource of dissension. From earliest occasions, the background of latest England has been tied to the ocean. retailers, fishermen, and others depending on an open ocean have been devastated via the embargoes and blockades of the warfare. Unemployment deepened, companies failed, and privation unfold. This ebook pulls jointly fabric from interval assets (diaries, journals, logs, letters, executive files, newspapers) scattered in the course of the documents, libraries, museums, and city halls to piece jointly the background of America's northeastern seacoast from Connecticut to Maine. the writer livens the narrative via mixing unique stories of universal folks with the march of epic occasions and clashes.
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4 Town Records, Vol. 3, 1790-1813, Wiscasset, ME, 341-343. 5 Town of Topsham (ME) Memorial to Thomas Jefferson. 6 Town Records, Vol. B. 1775-1810, Wells, ME. 7 Records 1797-1815, Salisbury, MA, 136. 36 Chapter 3. A Dastardly, Inglorious Policy various evils that must result from a total suspention of their business having long habituated to a maritime employment, . . ”1 A Plymouth August 25 town meeting prepared a more learned request to the president. ”2 Plymouth went on to spell out in such language the harm experienced and asked the president to rescind the embargo, or if necessary, call Congress back for a special session to enact repeal.
The region possessed unglittering but boundless wealth — from fish and furs to forest products. As much as anything else, this richness formed and defined the New England region that confronted Jefferson and Madison in the 19th century. The Frenchman André Thevet visited the Maine coast in 1556 and penned an early promotional piece including a description of the Penobscot. “Here we entered a river which is the finest in the whole world. . ”2 The Englishman David Ingram followed in 1568. Abandoned on the Gulf of Mexico, he and two shipmates walked all the way to the Saint John River to find passage home.
Following the reports of Gosnold and Pring, in 1605, Captain George Weymouth explored the Maine coast for a short time. Though his visit turned out to be brief, Weymouth’s companion, James Rosier, gathered enough material to write still another glowing account promoting the wonderful abundance of this part of the world. The French showed continued interest in the region, and, in 1604, initiated the European settlement phase. Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, and his map maker and chronicler Samuel de Champlain, sailed into Passamaquoddy Bay and settled on Saint Croix Island near what is now the town of Calais, Maine.
A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 by James Ellis