Talk:Enfield, New Hampshire
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How could the first settler arrive AFTER the town was already established? What am I missing?--Filll 00:31, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
The towns of "upper" New England were paper towns, "founded" by people who never visited their property. They were properly surveyed (which is easy to forget), and of course the Abenakis and traders went through, but no bonafide settlers until after the French and Indian War. As you get further north, the towns were "given" to successful Revolutionary War soldiers (most of whom didn't visit either!). All for profit by the original owners. All platted and everything!
When Rogers' Rangers came running south, fleeing the wrath of the avenging St. Francis Abenakis in 1759, there was nothing until he got to the Fort at Number 4 at Charleston. Well, there was Fort Wentworth, but there wasn't really anything there but a stockade. Too far north.
The interior of the nation really didn't get started, with some exceptions, until after the French and Indian War. The exceptions were in southern New England and the Hudson River. Colonists pretty much hugged the coast. Student7 01:12, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
- Thanks! Very interesting. I suggest it might be interesting to include that material in the article. --Filll 01:16, 3 January 2007 (UTC)