Scenic USA - New Hampshire
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
Setting the coastal border between Maine and New Hampshire, the Piscataqua River created an exceptional harbor town and important trade center during the 17th century. Even though the river is only 12 miles in length and extremely fast flowing, the Piscataqua's first few miles from the sea made up one of the finest harbors in the northeast. Settled in 1630 by European immigrants, the town quickly took its place as a leading industrial area and shipping port. Upstream, community lumber mills, ship yards, textile mills and fishing industries sprouted up. Soon they were moving goods in and out of the harbor. African slaves were imported as early as 1645, a large part of the Triangle Trade that brought prosperity to Portsmouth.
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