Maine Triumphs Through Coastal Law
A look at how a federal shipping rule impacted how
In an 1816 vote on whether or not to leave Massachusetts, coastal residents of the District of Maine voted against separation. At issue was what was known as the Coasting Law, which required shipping vessels to pay fees at each state along their journey. After William King, who was a separatist, lobbied to have the law changed, the vote for separation passed.
Statehood (American politics), Maine -- History
Bouchard, Stephanie, "Maine Triumphs Through Coastal Law" (2020). Maine News Index - Island Journal. 615.