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Without benefit of satellites or aerial photos, cartographers in 1795 could draw the Kennebec River on an outline map of North America that we recognize today.

As a district of Massachusetts, Maine was not yet a separate state in 1795. The Kennebec River, where Martha lived, appeared to the east of New Hampshire, which is indicated by the Roman numeral II. The United States extended from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The frontier was considered to be west of the Mississippi and to the north in areas like Maine, where white settlements were just gaining permanence.

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