Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De Cushnoc
The Museum in the Streets
An endless quest for riches brought Europeans to the Kennebec River by 1607 and to Augusta by 1625. In 1628, the Plymouth (Massachusetts) Colony constructed Cushnoc Trading Post on the Kennebec riverbank at the head of navigation, and active trade began with the Abenaki people in the area. Wealth gained from central Maine's fur-bearing animals helped the Colony pay off debt to their English sponsors. By 1661, Cushnoc was no longer profitable, so the post and patent granting trading rights were sold to four Boston merchants who continued sporadic trade for fourteen years. Continued English encroachment and Abenaki efforts to preserve their way of life led to increased conflict on the Maine frontier—conflict that would last for over 80 years.
C'est la poursuite insatiable de richesse qui mena les Européens au fleuve Kennebec en 1607 et à Augusta en 1625. En 1628, la colonie de Plymouth (Massachusetts) construisit le comptoir commercial de Cushnoc sur la berge du Kennebec à la limite de la navigation et commenca un commerce florissant avec la population Abénaki de la région. La richesse acquise par le commerce de la fourrure au centre du Maine permit à la Colonie de s'acquitter de ses dettes envers ses promoteurs anglais. En 1661, Cushnoc n'était plus profitable, alors le magasin et la licence commerciale furent
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Sketch of trading post from the cover of Cushnoc: The History and Archaeology of Plymouth Colony Traders on the Kennebec, by Leon Crannec
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 1.)
Location. 44° 18.925′ N, 69° 46.286′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Old Fort Western grounds. 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. 1775 Quebec Expedition (here, next to this marker); Cushnoc Trading Post (a few steps from this marker); Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve Kennebec (within shouting distance of this marker); Birds and Fish of the Kennebec
Also see . . .
1. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on November 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Howland and Courage on the Kennebec in Maine. (Submitted on November 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.