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Georges Society Publication Vol iv

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Re: Georges Society Publication Vol iv

Posted: 17 Mar 2013 2:08PM GMT
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In case it still interested you after all this time:

The Gorges Society name stems from Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the military Governor of Plymouth England, sometimes called "the father of English Colonization in North America." Through the Plymouth Council for New England he made ineffectual attempts, having a patent for territory including Maine to south of the Hudson, overlapping that approved for the London Company's Virginia colony. An early attempt in 1607 failed. With a patent renewed in 1622 the Council gave him a patent for the "Province of Maine" which extended as far south as Boston harbor. He tried again sending the start of a colony in early 1623 on the coast of what is now New Hampshire, under the council's David Thompson as acting Governor. Later in the year Gorge's son Robert came and was to be Governor, but he didn't do well, returned to England, and died in 1624.

The plan for colonization favored by Gorges and his aristocratic colleagues on the Council was to basically make New England into a feudal society, with Nobles owning vast tracts, and all the inhabitants being under them. The Nobility never showed much interest in actually moving there however. Gorges and the Council gradually lost influence. Years later his grandson sold any rights to Maine to Massachusetts for 1,250 pounds.
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