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Year 1839: ‘No hunting ground left — the moose, the deer and beaver are all gone’
Nov 27, 2022 07:05 ET

AUGUSTA — Probably squirreled away in an attic or an old barn for almost two centuries, a letter emerged recently that spotlights the heartbreak of Maine’s native peoples during the state’s early years.

What happened after European invaders arrived on the rocky shores of the Wabanaki homeland is laid out in the agonizing words of two Penobscot leaders pleading in 1839 with Gov. John Fairfield to help their nation’s dwindling numbers survive.

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