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Drawing of a Native AmericanWho were the first people in South Berwick, Maine? Unfortunately, very few historical documents have survived to tell us about the native people who were living here at the time of settlement. Books have been written about the New England native culture; they likely applied to the people living in the South Berwick area (see bibliography below.) 

Early visitors and settlers provide some eyewitness reports, but they came with a mission -- to take possession of the land occupied by the Abenaki, one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America.

Excerpt from "Map of Pascatway River, in New England," by I. S. (John Scott),1660-1670, courtesy British Library

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