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Lisbon & Lisbon Falls, Maine
(Little RiverPlantation)
(Thompsonboro)

Last Updated Dec-2008

Wabanaki Family Names Known Here

Wabanaki Events That Occurred Here

Bits & Pieces from Books, news-clippings, etc.

 

Still farther up the river an English trading house was established which greatly annoyed Mr. Purchase by intercepting his trade with the Indian settlement on Sabattis river.

Source: The Indians of the Androscoggin, N.T.Rrue
Chapter XVII - Lewiston Journal, 1864

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - True gives us no idea of who or when this occurred, but Mr. Purchase moved to Boston in 1675. From the description, the trader was in the vicinity of modern day Lisbon, but the river would not have been called Sabattus in the 1600s. We have not found any documentation to confirm Dr. True's statement.

 

photo of highway sign reading;

RIVER CALLED CROOKED
SITE OF OLD INDIAN VILLAGE
BURYING GROUND ACROSS THE
RIVER IN DURHAM
THOMAS PURCHAS HAD TRADING
POST AT FALLS BELOW IN 1650
CAPT. CHURCHS RAID IN 1690
BROKE THE INDIAN STRENGTH

caption under photo;
Tourists traveling the Lisbon-Lewiston Highway seldom pass this sign without stopping to read the inscription on it. Recently installed by the State, the sign calls attention to "The River Called Crooked" where the Androscoggin-Sabattus Rivers meet and the site of a once famous old Indian village, long since gone.

Source: The Lisbon Enterprise - August 7, 1952

Ne-Do-Ba Comment - - - Purchase's trading post was always at Brunswick. Church's raid in 1690 was at Laurel Hill in Auburn, his rank was Major, and his raid had only minor effects on the Abenaki.

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