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{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United States of AmericaGenealogy|United States]] | link2=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngMassachusetts, United_States_Genealogy|Massachusetts]] | link3=[[US Migration Trails and RoadsUnited_States_Migration_Internal|Migration Routes]] | link4=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngUS_Migration_Rivers_and_Lakes|Migration Rivers and Lakes]] Merrimack River | link5=[[Image:Merrimack-river-aerial-haverhill-newburyport.jpg|right|240pxMerrimack_River|Merrimack-river-aerial-haverhill-newburyport.jpgRiver]] }} The Merrimack River is the second largest river in New England, draining a total area of 5,014 square miles extending from the White Mountain region of New Hampshire to east-central Massachusetts. The river, which bisects the lower third of New Hampshire, begins at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers in Franklin. It flows for 116 miles before entering the Atlantic Ocean in Newburyport, Massachusetts. <ref>[ The Upper Merrimack River] </ref>
The Merrimack River played a pivotal role in the early settlement and subsequent development of the region. The river and its banks provided many resources for early inhabitants, including fish, migratory birds, and an important route for communication and transportation. <ref>[ The Upper Merrimack River] </ref>
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