Former NH state curator Russell Bastedo: The nation of New England
The War of 1812, during which New Hampshire shipping languished at blockaded ports, was followed in New England by the disastrous agricultural years of 1815-1817, during which New Hampshire crops often froze in the fields. The Exeter (NH) Watchman, a weekly newspaper of the period, reported routinely on the large numbers of covered wagons heading every week through Exeter, and westward to Chittenden County, Vermont; Granite State farmers fled New Hampshire’s stony fields for better lands to the west.
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