Creating Portland: History and Places in Northern New England
Portland, the largest city in Maine, has recently become one of the most popular destinations in the United States.
From the colonial period, Portland has been defined by its diverse array of peoples. Native American inhabitants possessed a strong sense of place rooted in spiritual beliefs, environmental practices, and tribal lore. Puritans, Quakers, and Baptists brought religious diversity to Colonial Falmouth (one of several early names for Portland). By the late eighteenth century, free blacks formed an important community. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Irish, Italian, Greek, and Jewish immigrants made their way to Portland. Today, more recent immigrants include individuals from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition, Portland has a thriving gay community.
Geography, history, and public policy all shaped modern Portland.
A model of contemporary place studies, Creating Portland brings together essays by fourteen scholars on the history, geography, arts, literature, and built environment of Portland over the course of three centuries.
University of New Hampshire Press
Portland (Me.) -- History, Portland (Me.) -- Intellectual life
Conforti, Joseph A. Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England. University Press of New England, 2005.