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  •  By the way, we were talking about state (2+ / 0-)
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    constitutions the other day and someone informed me that Jefferson, in his retirement, helped to write many of them, including that of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    Our state came into being as a result of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, liberating us from the "tyranny of Boston". (Many people do not know that Maine was essentially a colony of Massachusetts and at the time quite rich due to whaling and ship-building and very resentful of not having home rule.) However, one of the things that did come out of Maine independence and the circumstances under which is was negotiated was that Maine became fiercely abolitionist and fierce Union loyalists during the Civil War. We have some of the largest Civil War monuments, even in little towns, that I have seen outside of the South. Of course, Union monuments for us.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:30:36 PM PST

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    •  It was about that time (2+ / 0-)
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      that all your craggy ports became important. Correct if I'm wrong.

      •  Our craggy ports have been important (2+ / 0-)
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        since before the Mayflower brought all those people with sticks up their bungholes to Massachusetts. Monhegan Island has been fished since way before by Europeans. The village where The Rock is can trace permanent European settlement to 1608.

        What was really important is that Maine's coast is a series of peninsulas separated by rivers. Down those rivers, timber can be floated. We were uniquely situated for shipbuilding. We had the timber, a way to get it to the coast, and the artisans to build ocean-going ships. Not to mention all the fish.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:52:02 PM PST

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      •  In about 1840-1850, there were more millionaires (2+ / 0-)
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        (from whaling and ship-building) in the tiny town of Thomaston, Maine, than on the entire island of Manhattan.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:54:14 PM PST

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