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New England is home to America's first political history. Maine goes back before that, of course, as far as civilization is concerned. In fact, it is believed that the Abenaki Indians lived here for as long as 11,500 years. Europeans first discovered Maine in 1524. Since then, the state and the city of Boothbay Harbor have seen some incredible elements of American history including an active role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Boothbay Harbor's history is a rich one and background reading will bring a better sense of appreciation to the area.
A good place to start would be with the state's history, try "Maine: A Narrative History" by Neil Rolde or "Coastal Maine: A Maritime History" by Roger F. Duncan, Earle G. Barlow, Kathy Bray, and Consuelo E. Hanks. A definite favorite book for this area's history however, is "The Boothbay Region Revisited (Images of America: Maine) (Images of America) by The Boothbay Region Historical Society. For a more generalized history of the area, check out "A Building History of Northern New England" by James L. Garvin.
For those looking for a history of the losbstering heratiage of the area, The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard is a meticulous and facinating detailing of the industry.
A great book to read is by a writing legend from Maine, Harriet Beecher Stowe is her classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". If you are interested in her life check out "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life" by Joan D. Hedrick.