Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le ﬂeuve Kennebec
The Museum in the Streets
The Pilgrims' trading post at Cushnoc had enjoyed a monopoly of fur trade with local Abenaki since 1628. In the spring of 1634 a vessel commanded by John Hocking of Portsmouth challenged that monopoly. Arriving at Cushnoc, Hocking was ordered by John Howland to leave, but Hocking ignored him and continued up river. Howland, John Alden, and nine other men pursued the vessel and again ordered Hocking to leave. After many ill words, Howland sent men to cut Hocking's anchor cables. After one was cut, Hocking shot and killed Moses Talbot. Hocking in turn was fatally shot, which ended his voyage but not the case. Both Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies investigated the incident. Howland and the Pilgrims were exonerated for defending their Crown-given patent rights.
Le comptoir commercial des Pèlerins (Pilgrims) à Cushnoc avait le monopole du commerce de la fourrure avec les Abénakis de la région depuis 1628. Au printemps 1634, un vaisseau commandé par John Hocking de Portsmouth contesta ce monopole. A son arrivée à Cushnoc, John Howland ordonna à Hocking de faire demi-tour, mais Hocking passa outre et continua à remonter le fleuve. Howland, John Alden et neuf autres hommes poursuivirent le vaisseau et exigèrent à nouveau qu'il parte. Après des échanges verbaux houleux, Howland envoya des hommes couper les
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"Plymouth Trade House at Cushnoc, 1628." Oil on canvas, by Ruth DeWilde-Major. The painting is based on the archaeological work and research of Leon Cranmer and his team.
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 44° 18.945′ N, 69° 46.289′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Touch for map. Marker is between the west wall of Old Fort Western and the Kennebec River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De Cushnoc (within shouting distance of this marker); 1775 Quebec Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Cushnoc Trading Post
Also see . . .
1. John Howland and Courage on the Kennebec in Maine. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Howland, "Mayflower" Passenger (Family History). (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.