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Maine's history with civilization goes back as far as 11,500 years! The Abenaki Indians were living in Maine from this time and on for centuries. It was not really documented until its discovery by European explorer Giovanni da Verranzano in 1524.
In the early 1600s, the French began a colony in Maine at the start of the St. Croix River, shortly followed by the arrival of British settlers. The state's name was officially declared in 1622 and soon it began playing an important role with Massachusetts by the British establishments that needed protection and more territory to keep from French and Indian invasions. From here on, wars were to come. The year 1675 saw King Phillip's war between the English and the French and the Indians. One hundred years later, in 1775, Maine's coast hosted battles and troupes fighting in America's Revolutionary War. In 1779, Boothbay Harbor was the meeting spot for American soldiers fighting against the British at Castine.
Boothbay's real action began around 1730, but at this time it was named Townsend and actually remained under that name until 1842. Throughout history it has played an important role for major vessels who docked here during torrential weather.
Today, visitors can enjoy the Boothbay Region Historical Society for their fill of the region's stories from the past.