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ns took the oath of allegiance to the Bay State.
The latter province then assumed supreme rule in Maine, and continued it until the restoration of the Stuarts (1660), when Charles II., on the petition of the heirs of Gorges, sent over a commission to re-establish the authority of the grantees.
Massachusetts. after long resistance, purchased the interests (1677) of the claimants for £12,000 sterling.
In 1674 the Dutch conquered the territory eastward from the Penobscot, including that of Acadia and Nova Scotia; and in 1676 Cornelius Steenwyck was appointed governor of the conquered territory by the Dutch West India Company.
Settlers from Boston soon afterwards expelled the Dutch.
Meanwhile the horrors of King Philip's War had extended to that region, and in the space of three months 100 persons were murdered.
Then came disputes arising out of the claims
Lumbering in Maine. of the Duke of York (to whom Charles II.
had given New Netherland) to the country between the Kennebec