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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
Charles A. Nelson , A. M., Waltham, past, present and its industries, with an historical sketch of Watertown from its settlement in 1630 to the incorporation of Waltham, January 15, 1739. 3 1 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New England. (search)
rts. Richard Hakluyt, who was learned in naval and commercial science (see Hakluyt, Richard), Martin Pring, and Bartholomew Gosnold, all friends of Raleigh, induced merchants of Bristol to fit out two ships in the spring of 1603 to visit the coasts discovered by Gosnold. Early in April (a fortnight after the death of Queen Elizabeth), the Speedwell, of 50 tons, and the Discoverer, 26 tons, sailed from Milford Haven under the command of Pring, who commanded the larger vessel in person. William Browne was master of the Discoverer, accompanied by Robert Galterns as supercargo or general agent of the expedition They entered Penobscot Bay early in June, and went up the Penobscot River some distance: then, sailing along the coast, they entered the mouths of the Saco and other principal streams of Maine; and finally, sailing southward, they landed on a large island abounding with grapes, which they named Martin's (corrupted to Martha's) Vineyard. Returning to England at the end of six
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Massachusetts (search)
8,943; 1900, 2,805,346. Capital, Boston. Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, sailing from Falmouth, England, after a passage of forty-nine days, discovers land in lat. 43° 30′ N......May 14, 1602 He discovers a mighty headland, which, from the quantity of codfish caught in the vicinity, is called Cape Cod; the voyagers land; this is the first spot upon which the first known English discoverers of Massachusetts set foot......May 15, 1602 Martin Pring, in the Speedwell, of sixty tons, and William Browne, in the Discoverer, of twenty-six tons, make discoveries along the New England coast......1603 Capt. George Weymouth, with twenty-eight men, in the Archangel, explores the coast of Massachusetts and Maine, also the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers......1605 Henry Hudson discovers the Hudson River......1609 Capt. John Smith explores the coast from the Penobscot River to Cape Cod, and names the country New England......1614 Capt. John Smith publishes his Description of New England
January 15, 1738. ON December 14, 1737, William Browne, Deacon William Brown was much respected, and intrusted very often with Municipal and Church affairs of Watertown and Waltham.—Bond. Daniel Benjamin, Daniel Benjamin, Jr., trader, was a Selectman of Watertown 1735, '36, and '37; Selectman of Waltham, 1748, '39, '40, '42; Assessor many times from 1738 to 1752.—Bond. and Samuel Livermore, in the Behalf of themselves, and other Inhabitants of the West Precinct in Watertown, presentetham. His Excellency the Governour, J. Belcher, was pleased to give His Confent to the Enacting the Bill, and in the record the name Waltham of the new town is printed for the first time on this date. On January 3rd, it was Ordered, That Mr. William Browne, one of the principal Inhabitants of the new Town taken out of Watertown by this Court in their prefent fitting, be and hereby is fully authorized and impowred to assemble and convene the qualified Voters there in some suitable Place to ele