Joseph Treat



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Treat wrote notes about the land over which he traveled. Most new settlers came to farm, not fish. Many struggled to adapt and survive because of Maine’s short growing season. Timber harvesting was already an important industry in Maine, and legislators wanted to know the size and composition of the northern forest.

“On the East side near the Pond the land appears to be poor - the growth pine, spruce, and hemlock, & some Bogg. There appears a good ridge hard wood land between 2&3 miles E. of the Pond running N & S between this Pond and Milinoqick Stream.” The map shows the Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes. Treat phonetically spelled Wabanaki place names, such as Umbo-jee-joos [Ambajejus] Pond and Bamee-dum-cook [Pemadumcook]. The lakes in north central portions of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties form part of the West Branch of the Penobscot River. In the bottom left corner, Treat writes about his capsized canoe: “Filled canoe and wet all over provisions in that canoe, lost some articles.”

The Journal can be found here



Treat Journal pp. 45 & 46



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