First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door

First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door

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           The treaty negotiations in Portsmouth, andthe diplomacy employed by the First Nations, were important first steps toward recognition of a New Hampshire governing Council separate from Massachusetts, and for the impact they had on opening the Portsmouth door to development as the commercial and military hub on the frontier.The Treaty brought a short period of peace for the frontier towns of South Berwick and Kittery, and enabled the resettlement of other Maine towns taken by the Wabanaki. The Treaty stands as an example of colonial treaties with the Native Americans when they were still a potent military force. It is a critical resource for understanding what went right and wrong between the settlers and indigenous people in light of the recently adopted UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.