New Hampshire Highlights:
1690 to 1774
In 1690, the British Government contracted local ship builders in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, to construct the HMS Falkland, a 637-ton, 54-gun frigate,
which was added to the Royal Navy, March 2, 1695. It was the
first warship build in America.
In 1719, the first potato was planted in
the U.S. at Londonderry Common Field in Derry, New Hampshire.
In 1768, governor John Wentworth built an estate in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
that became the oldest summer resort in America.
Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce,
32 Central Avenue, P O Box 547, Wolfeboro,
New Hampshire 03894; 603-569-2200;
800-516-5324; Fax: 603-569-2275.
In 1774, New Hampshire became the first state to declare itself independent from England.
On December 14, 1774, a band of patriots took over Fort William & Mary (now known as Fort Constitution)
and took guns and gunpowder. It was the first aggressive act of the American Revolution.
Fort Constitution Historic Site,
New Castle, New Hampshire 03854 (on Route 1B at the U.S. Coast Guard Station);
603-436-1552. Web: http://www.nhstateparks.org/ParksPages/