From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns: A Comparative History by Claire Puccia Parham

By Claire Puccia Parham

Entire learn of 2 cities on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

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71 For almost a decade, Foucher’s cluster of cabins and a mill were the only settlement and manufacturing operation in the area. 72 Haskell was among the many migrants who came to Massena in search of cheap land. He was joined by one of Foucher’s workers, Antoine Lamping, who was one of the few lumbermen to make the transition from transient worker to permanent resident and was involved in gaining a town charter. The official founding of Massena, New York was related to the establishment of St. 74 With more than 100 miles of rough trails and dense forest between some of the townships and the original administrative center, male residents found it difficult to pay taxes and attend court sessions.

Socially, women also organized and supplied food for various community gatherings. ”89 Massena settlers lived undisturbed in their isolated location for almost a decade. Early Settlement of Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York 25 Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812, Massena residents realized that their geographical location did not entirely isolate them from national conflicts. Regardless of their decade-long peaceful coexistence, many residents, including Robinson, feared raids or attacks by Indians or the British.

Finally, Cornwall and Massena pioneers were both citizens of the former American colonies and, therefore, harbored the same congregational and democratic spiritual and political beliefs. Cornwall settlers held contrasting values and goals from central government officials and those in the heartland. This often led to conflict. Many of the loyalists were recent migrants from the United States and they wanted the same political and religious organizations they had grown accustomed to in their former hometowns.

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