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It is less than 130 years since the first permanent settlement bv white men was made upon the banks of the Penobscot, or long after towns had heen established in other parts of the present State of Maine, very few of which possesed natural advantages comparable with those offered along the valley of Maine's noblest river, but these advantages. although appreciated to some extent by the English colonists in this region, were neutralized so far as they were concerned by the fact that the French held absolute and almost undisputed sway over the Penobscot country and would have quickly destroyed any English settlement in that section.
The seventeenth century had barely opened when the French made their first appearance on the Penobscot, for they arrived as early as 1603, and subsequently made frequent visits, mainly for the purpose of establishing and extending trade relations with the Indians, with whom they were on the most amicable terms. The Penobscot Indians belonged to the famous Tarratine tribe, and as regards intelligence, knowledge, honor, skill and industry were far above the average and had reached a degree of civilization paralleled by but very few other Indian tribes in the country. Hence they fully appreciated the advantages to he gained by trading with the French, and not only allowed them to traverse the country unmolested, but welcomed their coming and honorably fulfilled all trade and other agreements made with them.
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Bacon, George Fox, "Bangor: Its Points of Interest and Its Representative business men; including an historical sketch of Brewer" (1891). Books and Publications. 206.
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