Choosing Survival: Wabanaki Documents at the Maine State Archives




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In 1839, northern Maine was a disputed territory between Maine and New Brunswick. Fearing that war would break out between the United States and British North America, Penobscot chief John Attean petitioned the Maine governor asking for money to cover Peol and Louis Tomer’s traveling expenses to Quebec. The Tomer men would persuade the northern tribes, who were allies, to remain neutral in the ensuing conflict. They proclaimed that Indians would not act as spies or conduct troops through the woods. The Penobscots, who had peace treaties and alliance with their Native neighbors, knew that such an impending war could devastate their community. [Description Text by Micah A. Pawling, Ph.D]

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Petition of Penobscot governor John Attean (with separate petition by Peol and Louis Tomer) to the Maine Governor and Council



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