- History of New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a state of the United States of America located in the New England region in the Northeast. New Hampshire was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution.
Founding: 17th century–1775
The colony that became the state of New Hampshire was founded on the division in 1629 of a land grant given seven years previously by the Council for New England to Captain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges (who founded Maine). The colony was named New Hampshire after the English county of Hampshire, one of the first Saxon shires. Hampshire was itself named after the port of Southampton, which was known previously as simply "Hampton".
New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans at Odiorne's Point in Rye (near Portsmouth) by a group of fishermen from England under David Thompson in 1623, just three years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The settlers built a fort, manor house and other buildings, some for fish processing, on Flake Hill. They called the settlement Pannaway Plantation. In 1623 the English explorer Christopher Levett, an associate of Gorges and a member of the Council for New England, wrote of visiting Thomson at his Pannaway Plantation. The first native New Hampshirite, John Thompson, was born there. (Note: this was the conclusion of several early historians. However, we now know that John Thompson was baptised at St. Andrew's Parish in Plymouth, England in 1619. Most likely the first English child born in New Hampshire was Agnes Hilton, daughter of William Hilton, born at Dover in 1625.) New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies.
David Thompson had been sent by Mason, to be followed a few years later by Edward and William Hilton. They led an expedition to the vicinity of Dover, which they called Northam. Mason died in 1635 without ever seeing the colony he founded. Settlers from Pannaway, moving to the Portsmouth region later and combining with an expedition of the new Laconia Company (formed 1629) under Captain Neal, called their new settlement Strawbery Banke. In 1638 Exeter was founded by John Wheelwright.
In 1631, Captain Thomas Wiggin served as the first governor of the Upper Plantation (comprising modern-day Dover, Durham and Stratham). All the towns agreed to unite in 1639, but meanwhile Massachusetts had claimed the territory. In 1641 an agreement was reached with Massachusetts to come under its jurisdiction. Home rule of the towns was allowed. In 1653 Strawbery Banke petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to change its name to Portsmouth, which was granted.
The relationship between Massachusetts and the independent New Hampshirites was controversial and tenuous, and complicated by land claims maintained by the heirs of John Mason. In 1679 King Charles II separated New Hampshire from Massachusetts, issuing a charter for the royal Province of New Hampshire, with John Cutt as governor. New Hampshire as absorbed into the Dominion of New England in 1686, which collapsed in 1689. After a brief period without formal government (the settlements were de facto ruled by Massachusetts) William and Mary issued a new provincial charter in 1691. From 1699 to 1741 the governors of Massachusetts were also commissioned as governors of New Hampshire. In 1741 New Hampshire returned to its royal provincial status with a governor of its own, Benning Wentworth, who was its governor from 1741 to 1766.
New Hampshire was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted with the British rule in the American Revolution. In January 1776, it became the first colony to set up an independent government and the first to establish a constitution, but the latter explicitly stated "we never sought to throw off our dependence on Great Britain", meaning that it was not the first to actually declare its independence (that honor instead belongs to Rhode Island). The historic attack on Fort William and Mary (now Fort Constitution) helped supply the cannon and ammunition for the Continental Army that was needed for the Battle of Bunker Hill that took place north of Boston a few months later. New Hampshire raised three regiments for the Continental Army, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd New Hampshire regiments. New Hampshire Militia units were called up to fight at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Battle of Bennington, Saratoga Campaign and the Battle of Rhode Island. John Paul Jones' ship the Sloop-of-war USS Ranger and the frigate USS Raleigh were built in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, along with other naval ships for the Continental Navy and privateers to hunt down British merchant shipping.
On January 5, 1776, the Congress of New Hampshire, meeting in Exeter, ratified the first state constitution in the soon-to-be United States, six months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Industrialization, Abolitionism and Politics: 1815–1860
Abolitionists from Dartmouth College founded the experimental, interracial Noyes Academy in Canaan, New Hampshire in 1835. Rural opponents of the school eventually dragged the school away with oxen before lighting it ablaze to protest integrated education, within months of the school's founding.
Abolitionist sentiment was a strong undercurrent in the state, with significant support given the Free Soil Party of John P. Hale. However the conservative Jacksonian Democrats usually maintained control, under the leadership of editor Isaac Hill. In 1856 the new Republican Party headed by Amos Tuck produced a political revolution.
Prosperity, Depression and War: 1920–1950
The textile industry was hit hard by the depression and growing competition from southern mills. The closing of the Amoskeag Mills in 1935 was a major blow to Manchester, as was the closing of the former Nashua Manufacturing Company mill in Nashua in 1949.
Modern New Hampshire: 1950–Present
The post-World War II decades have seen New Hampshire increase its economic and cultural links with the greater Boston, Massachusetts, region. This reflects a national trend, in which improved highway networks have helped metropolitan areas expand into formerly rural areas or small nearby cities.
The replacement of the Nashua textile mill with defense electronics contractor Sanders Associates in 1952 and the arrival of minicomputer giant Digital Equipment Corporation in the early 1970s helped lead the way toward southern New Hampshire's role as a high-tech adjunct of the Route 128 corridor.
- History of New England
- New Hampshire Historical Markers
- Old Man of the Mountain
- Southern boundary of New Hampshire
- List of newspapers in New Hampshire in the 18th century
- ^ "The Contact Era". SeacoastNH.com. http://seacoastnh.com/Timeline/Contact_Era/The_Contact_Era/. "The largely unsung founder of New Hampshire is David Thompson (spelled "Thomson" by some accounts). Thompson's father worked for Sir Ferdinando Gorges of Plymouth, a most powerful English noble who had received the rights from King James I to set up the first two American "plantations" at Jamestown and Plymouth."
- ^ History of Concord, New Hampshire, James Otis Lyford, 1896
- ^ The Thirteen Colonies, Helen Ainslie Smith, 1901
- ^ The Isles of Shoals, John Scribner Jenness, 1873
- ^ [Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995]
- ^ Mara Vorhees; Glenda Bendure; Ned Friary; Richard Koss, John Spelman (1 May 2008). New England. Lonely Planet. p. 30. ISBN 9781741046748. http://books.google.com/books?id=KxQHyGkf8moC&pg=PA30. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- ^ Lyford, James; Amos Hadley, Howard F. Hill, Benjamin A. Kimball, Lyman D. Stevens, and John M. Mitchell (1903). History of Concord, N.H.. Concord, N.H.: The Rumford Press. pp. 324–326. http://www.onconcord.com/books/lyford/lyford_vol1/LyfordV1chapt1.pdf.
Scholarly books on New Hampshire history
- Adams, James Truslow. The Founding of New England (1921)
- Adams, James Truslow. Revolutionary New England, 1691–1776 (1923)
- Adams, James Truslow. New England in the Republic, 1776–1850 (1926)
- Axtell, James, ed. The American People in Colonial New England (1973), new social history
- Belknap, Jeremy. The History of New Hampshire (1791–1792) 3 vol classic Volume 1, or the 1862 edition with corrections. at books.google.
- Black, John D. The rural economy of New England: a regional study (1950
- Brereton Charles. First in the Nation: New Hampshire and the Premier Presidential Primary. Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall Publishers, 1987.
- Bidwell, P. W. and John Falconer, The History of Agriculture in the Northern United States to 1860 (1925)
- Brewer, Daniel Chauncey. Conquest of New England by the Immigrant (1926).
- Cash Kevin. Who the Hell Is William Loeb? Manchester, NH: Amoskeag Press, 1975.
- Cole, Donald B. Jacksonian Democracy in New Hampshire, 1800–1851 (1970).
- Conforti, Joseph A. Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century (2001)
- Daniell, Jere. Experiment in Republicanism (1970), colonial political history
- Daniell, Jere. Colonial New Hampshire: A History (1982).
- Dwight, Timothy. Travels Through New England and New York (circa 1800) 4 vol. (1969) Online at: vol 1; vol 2; vol 3; vol 4
- Hall, Donald, ed. Encyclopedia of New England (2005), hundreds of long articles by scholars
- Hareven, Tamara. Family Time and Industrial Time (1982), social history of workers at Amoskeag Mills in Manchester
- Jager, Ronald and Grace Jager. The Granite State New Hampshire: An Illustrated History (2000)
- Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England (1998), new social history*
- McClintock, John N. Colony, Province, State, 1623-1888: History of New Hampshire Published 1889.
- McPhetres, S. A. A political manual for the campaign of 1868, for use in the New England states, containing the population and latest election returns of every town (1868)
- Morison, Elizabeth Forbes and Elting E. Morison.New Hampshire: A Bicentennial History (1976)
- Palfrey, John Gorham. History of New England (5 vol 1859–90)
- Palmer, Niall A. The New Hampshire Primary and the American Electoral Process (1997)
- Renda, Lex. Running on the Record: Civil War Era Politics in New Hampshire (1997)
- Richardson, Leon Burr. William E. Chandler, Republican (1940), late 19th century politics
- Sanborn, Edwin David. History of New Hampshire, from Its First Discovery to the Year 1830. Published 1875, 422 pages.
- Scala, Dante J. Stormy Weather: The New Hampshire Primary and Presidential Politics (2003)
- Squires, J. Duane. The Granite State of the United States: A History of New Hampshire from 1623 to the Present (1956) vol 1
- Turner, Lynn Warren.The Ninth State: New Hampshire's Formative Years (1983)
- Upton, Richard Francis. Revolutionary New Hampshire: An Account of the Social and Political Forces Underlying the Transition from Royal Province to American Commonwealth (1936)
- Whiton, John Milton . Sketches of the History of New-Hampshire, from Its Settlement in 1623, to 1833. Published 1834, 222 pages.
- Wilson, H. F. The Hill Country of Northern New England: Its Social and Economic History, 1790–1930 (1936)
- Wright, James. The Progressive Yankees: Republican Reformers in New Hampshire, 1906–1916 (1987)
- WPA. Guide to New Hampshire (1939)
- Zimmerman, Joseph F. The New England Town Meeting: Democracy in Action (1999)
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