Before you move anywhere, and especially before you decided to purchase any type of real estate - whether it is your primary residence or a vaction home, getting a "lay of the land" is critical. We hope that we can assist you in that process.
Maine is a unique place and is considered by many to be a frontier state - even though it is in the east. This has alway been true. The only exception is that you won't find a history filled with cowboys, wagon trains and gunslingers. Instead you will find a rich and colorful past filled with very independent people - pioneers and entrepreneurs who built towns and cities and founded businesses so they could live life the way they believed it should be lived.
The Early Histoy
As we enter the 21st century people were moving to Maine from across the United States in search of "The Good Life". Others left to seek their own fortunes.
Five hundred years before Columbus "discovered" America, Leif Ericson and a crew of 30 Viking sailors are believed to have explored the Maine coast and may have landed and tried to establish a settlement here.
In 1498, six years after Columbus landed in the West Indies, John Cabot, an Italian sailor in the employ of King Henry VII of England, sailed into North American waters and may well have explored the Maine coast, although there is no concrete evidence of it.
A century after Cabot's voyage, a number of European ships briefly visited the area, some of them putting ashore to make repairs and process fish catches.
Originally settled in 1607 by the Plymouth Company, the coastal areas of eastern Maine first became the Province of Maine in a 1622 land patent. Eastern Maine north of the Kennebec River was more sparsely settled and was known in the 17th century as the Territory of Sagadahock.
The province within its current boundaries became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652. After the defeat of the French in the 1740's, the territory from the Penobscot River east fell under the nominal authority of the Province of Nova Scotia, and together with present day New Brunswick formed the Nova Scotia county of Sunbury, with its court of general sessions at Campobello.
The precise boundary line between Maine and New Brunswick remained a matter of often-heated argument for years after the close of the Revolutionary War.
The dispute festered and smoldered until 1839, when it threatened to erupt into open warfare. The Maine Legislature that year raised funds to support a military force of 10,000 to protect the state's border claims at Madawaska.
Several hundred British regulars were dispatched to the scene from Quebec. At this point the U.S. Congress entered the picture, approving $10 million for military expenses should war break out.
Nearly 50,000 troops were readied for action, and Major General Winfield Scott was dispatched to the scene. Scott managed to work out a temporary agreement between the two parties before the so-called "War of the Aroostook" reached the point of bloodshed.
Separation from Massachusetts
The territory of Maine was confirmed as part of Massachusetts when the United States was formed, although the final border with British territory was not established until the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842.
Following the Revolution, frontier settlers who resented being ruled from Boston pressed for separation from Massachusetts.
Coastal merchants, who held the balance of political power at the time, resisted the separation movement until the War of 1812 showed that Massachusetts was unable or unwilling to provide adequate protection for the people of the district against British raids.
With popular sentiment unified behind statehood, the separation movement went forward. Congress established Maine as the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. This arrangement allowed Maine to join the Union as a free state, with Missouri entering a year later as a slave state, thereby preserving the numerical balance between free and slave states in the nation.
As you will hopefully come to appreciate, Maine is a vibrant and varied place. If you are considering relocating to Maine and purchasing real estate, we hope that we can provide you with the information necessary to make an informed decision about our great state. Our cities are sophisticated, yet safe and its easy to get around. There is a clear emphasis on education and quality of life. Our natural resources, from the spectacular Maine coast to the nearby mountains and lakes provide countless alternatives for recreation and potential places to live.
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