Have you ever wondered how Maine got its boundaries, or why it looks
the way it does on a map? The idea of Maine’s independence from
Massachusetts had its detractors, not just from the so-called slave
states but even from within, and the northern and northeastern borders
were still in dispute over two decades after Maine became a state in
May’s second new installment of HOME: The Story of Maine explores
the tug-of-war with Canada, Britain and Massachusetts over Maine’s
boundaries and provides a historical perspective on the bloodless “Aroostook
War” of 1839 that eventually drew a line through Madawaska and
Edmunston, New Brunswick and resulted in the creation of the
military outposts of Fort Fairfield and Fort Kent.
Also examined in this program is the quick rise of Eastport as a thriving
sea port to facilitate the illegal shipping of lumber to Britain in
violation of President Thomas Jefferson’s trade embargo, which
crippled Maine’s early forest economy.