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The call of the Sea, for countless ages, has been answered by men of daring. Just how many centuries ago the prows of European ships ploughed the waters of the Gulf of Maine no one can say. As the trade of the world grew in magnitude, there were many mariners who sought an ocean route to the East. There were very good reasons for maritime activities. "The desire of Riches in some," as Samuel Purchase wrote over three centuries ago, "of Knowledge in others hath long whetted men's industries to find out a more compendious way to the East Indies by a shorter route than the usual passage.''

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Maine Development Commission


Augusta, Maine


Maine, Colonial Period, 1600-1775, Monhegan, Isle Des Monts Deserts, Mount Desert Island, Saint Croix River, Popham Colony, Biddeford Pool, Augusta Maine, Cushnoc, Fort Western, Katahdin, Camden, Kineo, Fort Halifax, Casco Bay, Saco, Cape Arundel

Historic Trails and Waterways of Maine



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