Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA The area which became the town of Concord was originally known as "Musketaquid," situated at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet rivers. The name Musketaquid was an Algonquian word for "grassy plain," fitting the area's low-lying marshes and kettle holes. Native Americans had cultivated corn crops there; the rivers were rich with fish and the land was lush and arable. However, the area was largely depopulated by the smallpox plague that swept across the Americas after the arrival of Europeans.
In 1635, a group of settlers from Britain led by Rev. Peter Bulkley and Major Simon Willard negotiated a land purchase with the remnants of the local tribe. Bulkley was an influential religious leader who "carried a good number of planters with him into the woods". Willard was a canny trader who spoke the Algonquian language and had gained the trust of Native Americans. Their six-square-mile purchase formed the basis of the new town, which was called "Concord" in appreciation of the peaceful acquisition. wikipedia
1775 - American Revolution First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord
The Battles of Lexington and Concord signaled the start of the American Revolutionary war on April 19, 1775. The British Army set out from Boston to capture rebel leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington as well as to...Read MORE...
1791 - March 10 - John Stone, Concord, Mass, patents a pile driver
17. CONCORD. [Pop. 1,784. Inc 1635.] The Indian tract called Musketaquid was peacefully purchased of the Indians, and, from this circumstance, called Concord.
Concord originally included the towns of Acton, Carlisle, and part of Bedford.
The county courts meeting alternately at Concord and Cambridge, these are...Read MORE...
1848 - Concord In the year 1635, Musketaquid was purchased of the Indians, and called Concord, on account of the peaceable manner in which it was obtained, as appears by the testimony of two settlers, William Buttrick and Richard Rice, and two Christian Indians of Natick, Jehojakin and Jethro. They unitedly...Read MORE...
1859 CONCORD, the semi-capital of Middlesex co., in Massachusetts, 17 m. NW of Boston, on Concord river. Pop. 1,784. A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge,
Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
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1872 - Burning of R. W. Emerson's Residence at Concord, Mass. From the Boston Traveller, July 24.
The homestead occupied by Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Concord, was entirely destroyed by fire this morning, the walls of the first story and the outbuildings only being left standing. Fire was discovered in the roof at about 6Â½ o'clock by a workman in Mr....Read MORE...
Concord Massachusetts, 1890 Concord, the scene of our first triumph in the conflict that made us a nation, is situated in the central part of Middlesex County, 18 miles northwest of Boston, by the Fitchburg Railroad. The Lowell Division of the Old Colony Railroad, and the Boston and Lowell, also pass through it, each having a ...Read MORE...
1916 Concord, a banking post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., is in Concord township (town), on the Concord River, here formed by the junction of the Assabet and Sudbury rivers, and on the Boston and Maine R., 20 miles WNW. of Boston. It is the seat of a state reformatory, and manufactures harnesses,...Read MORE...
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