Trails to the Past- Aroostook County Maine-Index

 

 

Aroostook County

 

 

 

 

In pre-colonial times, the land now occupied by Aroostook County was inhabited by the Micmacs and the Maliseets, bands of which still reside in the area.  French explorers, led by Samuel de Champlain and Sieur de Monts, first visited the area in 1604, but the area was not settled until much later.

The first settlers arrived in the Aroostook River area during a border dispute between the United States and Great Britain. They settled on property claimed by both sides.  When Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820, a large part of what was to become Aroostook County still belonged to Massachusetts.

In 1837, Maine became the only state to declare war unilaterally when its legislature declared war against Canada and dispatched an army of 200 to what is now Aroostook County. Eventually the U.S. Congress appropriated funds and raised 10,000 militia to defend its borders against the British. The Webster-Ashburton treaty, adopted in 1842, settled the dispute without bloodshed and fixed the border between Maine and New Brunswick.

Source: Varney, George J., Gazetteer of the State of Maine.  Boston: B. B. Russell, 1886

 

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Ashland
Bancroft
Benedicta Township
Blaine
Bridgewater
Caribou
Cary Plantation
Castle Hill
Caswell
Chapman
Crystal
Dickey[4]
Cyr Plantation
Dyer Brook
Eagle Lake
Easton
Fort Fairfield
Fort Kent
Frenchville
Garfield Plantation
Glenwood Plantation
Grand Isle
Hamlin
Hammond
Haynesville
Hersey
Hodgdon
Houlton
Island Falls
Limestone
Linneus
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Madawaska
Mapleton
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Merrill
Monticello
Moro Plantation
Nashville Plantation
New Canada
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New Sweden
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Orient
Oxbow (plantation)
Perham
Portage Lake
Presque Isle
Reed Plantation
Saint Agatha
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Saint John Plantation
Sherman
Silver Ridge Township
Smyrna
Stockholm
Van Buren
Wade
Wallagrass
Washburn
Weeksboro
Westfield
Westmanland
Weston
Winterville Plantation
Woodland

 

Surrounding Counties
Washington County, Maine - southeast
Penobscot County, Maine - south
Piscataquis County, Maine - south
Somerset County, Maine - southwest

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