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Swansea, Massachusetts, USA (Ocean Grove) - 1845 - SWANSEY. [Pop. 1,484. Inc. 1667.]
The name of this town came from Swansea, in Wales. Part of it once belonged to Rehoboth, and part of it fell within the bounds of Rhode Island. Somerset was taken from it in 1790.
It was originally settled by Baptists, who seceded from the church in Rehoboth, and were obliged to retire hither.
The nearness of Swansey to Mount Hope, the residence of the Indian king Philip, caused it to be attacked early in Philip's War, and the first blood was shed in this town.
Something is done in navigation and shipbuilding, and there are a few factories on Palmer's river, which crosses the town before it enters Rhode Island.
Distance from Taunton, 14 miles; from Boston, 46.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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