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The history of Saco practically begins with the discovery of the Saco River in 1603. Some few adventurers had cruised along the coast of New England previous to that year, and since it is probable that fishermen visited the inlets of southwestern Maine before those waters were generally known to explorers, it is not unreasonable to suppose that white men set foot upon the shores of Saco Bay prior to the beginning of the XVIIth century. There is, however, no satisfactory evidence in support of such a conjecture and history must be said to begin with the date above given.
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Saco, Maine, "Old Times in Saco"
Owen, Daniel E., "Old Times in Saco" (1891). Books and Publications. 22.