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By James Ellis

New England used to be not easy hit by means of the conflict of 1812 with nice Britain. The struggle critically injured the maritime and advertisement financial system and infected the variation in pursuits among the Northeast and the remainder of the rustic, the place agriculture used to be the mainstay. looking ahead to the damage one other warfare with England could deliver, New England's nearby leaders antagonistic it from the outset. celebration politics performed an enormous function. Federalists, dominant within the Northeast, at each flip badgered and challenged the conflict rules of the management and its majority Democratic Republican social gathering. New England's churchmen, nonetheless seriously motivated through Puritanism, railed opposed to the ungodly activities of the nationwide executive. yet monetary matters proved to be a better resource of dissension. From earliest instances, the heritage of recent 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 battle. Unemployment deepened, companies failed, and privation unfold. This ebook pulls jointly fabric from interval assets (diaries, journals, logs, letters, govt files, newspapers) scattered through the documents, libraries, museums, and city halls to piece jointly the heritage of America's northeastern seacoast from Connecticut to Maine. the writer livens the narrative by means of mixing enjoyable stories of universal folks with the march of epic occasions and clashes.

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4 Herrick, History of the Town of Gardner, 107. 5 Newport (RI) Mercury, September 10, 1808. 37 A Ruinous and Unhappy War Pittston took the added step of passing resolves supporting the president’s policies. Lynn, Massachusetts likewise rejected a repeal attempt and embraced a pro-administration stance by adopting a resolve supportive of the national government. Dighton, Dorchester, Fairhaven, Sudbury, and Weymouth, Massachusetts were among other communities that sided with the national administration.

3 Jefferson’s responses to North Yarmouth, Cambridge, and Plymouth, written within the same week, are identical — word for word. As the weeks passed, he refined his answer to petitioners. But the virtual flood of incoming petitions seems to be the reason he turned to a standard printed, signed reply. 5 Westport, Massachusetts on the same day went on record seeking at least a partial suspension of the embargo. Some towns remained detached and did not take the time to express their views one way or the other.

Bartholomew Gosnold led a 1602 expedition to the Maine coast and the Cape Cod area. In fact, Gosnold applied the name Cape Cod to the tip of the famous peninsula after seeing the astounding amount of cod in nearby waters. As something of an indicator of the growing interaction between the Old and the New Worlds, when Gosnold stopped at Casco Bay, an Abnaki decked out in European garments greeted him as he came ashore. Verrazzano had earlier made the pointed observation that only fur-clad Indians lived thereabouts.

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