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History, Culture & Community

Everything Past is Present


Originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by the Native Americans who first inhabited it, the Portland peninsula was established by the British in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement. Industry grew and Portland's waterfront became a mecca for shipping and trading companies. The name was changed to Casco and, in 1658, to Falmouth. After the Revolutionary War, "Falmouth” was established as a commercial port and began rapid growth as a shipping center. Local citizens renamed their town Portland in 1786, and in 1820 Maine became a state, with Portland serving as its first capital.


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