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In 1779 the British adopted a strategy to seize parts of Maine, especially around Penobscot Bay, and make it a new colony to be called "New Ireland". The scheme was promoted by exiled Loyalists Dr. John Calef (1725–1812) and John Nutting (fl. 1775-85) and Englishman William Knox (1732–1810). It was intended to be a permanent colony for Loyalists and a base for military action during the war. The plan ultimately failed because of a lack of interest by the British government and the determination of the Americans to keep all of Maine.
In July 1779 British general Francis McLean captured Castine and built Fort George on the Bagaduce Peninsula on the British adopted a strategy to seize parts eastern side of Maine, especially around Penobscot Bay, and make it a new colony to be called "New Ireland". The scheme was promoted state of Massachusetts sent the Penobscot Expedition led by exiled Loyalists Dr. John Calef (1725–1812) Massachusetts general Solomon Lovell and John Nutting (flContinental Navy captain Dudley Saltonstall. 1775-85) and Englishman William Knox (1732–1810). It was intended The Americans failed to be dislodge the British during a permanent colony for Loyalists 21-day siege and a base for military action during were routed by the wararrival of British reinforcements. The plan ultimately failed because of a lack of interest Royal Navy blocked an escape by sea so the Patriots burned their ships near present-day Bangor and walked home. Maine was unable to repel the British government threat despite a reorganized defense and the determination imposition of martial law in selected areas. Some of the Americans most easterly towns tried to keep all of Mainebecome neutral.[13]
In July 1779 British general Francis McLean captured Castine and built Fort George on After the Bagaduce Peninsula on peace was signed in 1783, the eastern side of Penobscot BayNew Ireland proposal was abandoned. The state of Massachusetts sent In 1784 the Penobscot Expedition led by Massachusetts general Solomon Lovell British split New Brunswick off from Nova Scotia and Continental Navy captain Dudley Saltonstall. The Americans failed made it into the desired Loyalist colony, with deference to dislodge the British during a 21-day siege King and were routed by the arrival of British reinforcements. The Royal Navy blocked an escape by sea so the Patriots burned their ships near present-day Bangor Church, and walked homewith republicanism suppressed. Maine It was unable to repel the British threat despite a reorganized defense and the imposition of martial law in selected areas. Some of the most easterly towns tried to become neutralalmost named "New Ireland".[13]
After The Treaty of Paris that ended the peace war was signed in 1783, ambiguous about the New Ireland proposal was abandoned. In 1784 boundary between Maine and the neighboring British split provinces of New Brunswick off from Nova Scotia and made it into Quebec. This would set the desired Loyalist colony, with deference to King and Church, and with republicanism suppressed. It was almost named stage for the bloodless "New IrelandAroostook War"a half century later.
The Treaty of Paris that ended the war was ambiguous about the boundary between [[Category:Maine and the neighboring British provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. This would set the stage for the bloodless "Aroostook War" a half century later.]] [[Category:Canada]]
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