Scenic USA - Maine
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
One of northernmost English settlements during the early 1600s was established on the Pemaquid Peninsula. A territory also claimed by the French and recent home to Native Americans, the new settlement fell under frequent attacks. By 1665 the area supported a population of 150 to 200 people, but just a decade later, during King Philip's War, a party of Abenaki Indians burned the village. Even though a wooden fortification was built the following year, the village and fort were destroyed in 1689. Increased efforts by the Massachusetts Bay Colony included the stone Fort William Henry. After a combined force of French and Indians destroyed the town and fort, the settlement was abandoned. Several attempts to reestablish the town during the following century also met with failure, and the site was forgotten during the next 150 years.
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