History of New England - Vol. 1

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HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND.

CHAPTER I.

ON the eastern coast of North America, midway between the equator and the pole, is a tract of land properly described as a peninsula, from a physical conformation which has had important relations to its civil history.1 The northern extremity of the Appalachian zone of elevated land is separated from the continent by the long bed of the St. Lawrence, and the deep and broad chasm which holds the waters of Lake Champlain, Lake George, and the river Hudson. The series of ridges and plateaus, which, rising from the sandy shore of the Gulf of Mexico, stretches nearly unbroken in a direction parallel to the Atlantic coast, is suddenly interrupted and cut down to its base by a valley sunk thousands of feet between the Katskill Mountains and the lofty chains and table-lands of the Adirondac region on one side, and the long belt of the Green Mountains on the other. The average width of

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This geographical feature, though imperfectly understood, was not overlooked in early times. "New England is by some affirmed to be an island, bounded on the north with the river Canada, so called from M. Cane; on the south with the river Mohegan, or Hudson River, so called because he was the first that discovered it." ( Josselyn , New England's Rarities, pp. 4, 5; comp. his Voyages, p. 42.) Cushman ( Discourse, ad init.) and Winslow ( Good Newes from New England, 62), at Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, believed that it was an island; Wood, in Massachusetts in 1633, that it was an island or a peninsula ( New England's Prospect, 1).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. vii
  • List of Illustrations xviii
  • Contents - Of the First Volume. xix
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 51
  • Chapter III 101
  • Chapter IV 133
  • Chapter V 164
  • Chapter VI 198
  • Chapter VII 239
  • Chapter VIII 283
  • Chapter IX 331
  • Chapter X 383
  • Chapter XI 426
  • Chapter XII 471
  • Chapter XIII 522
  • Chapter XIV 560
  • Chapter XV 610
  • Appendix. 635
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