“Delightfully Situated on a Healthy Hill”: The Port of Portland before the Civil War

Michael C. Connolly

in Seated by the Sea

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037226
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041759 | DOI:
“Delightfully Situated on a Healthy Hill”: The Port of Portland before the Civil War

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European settlement of Portland goes back to 1633 and the arrival of George Cleeve and Richard Tucker. Poor relations with the Native Americans of this region led to the destruction of the settlement on several occasions, but following the Embargo in the early nineteenth century, the city and its maritime-business community prospered dramatically. By 1853, at the urging of John Alfred Poor and others, Portland was linked by a narrow gauge railroad (later known as the Grand Trunk Railroad) with Montreal and the Canadian grain that would be shipped out during the winter months when the Saint Lawrence waterway was frozen.

Keywords: George Cleeve; John Alfred Poor; Grand Trunk Railroad; embargo

Chapter.  9139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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