Name

George Popham

Career

Explorer/Cartographer

Occupation 1

Early Maine settler

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1550

Died

1608

Source

Robert A. McCaughey

Text

Uncle of Sir John Popham, a promoter of American settlements, Captain George Popham sailed from England in 1607, on Gift of God , along with Raleigh Gilbert on Mary and John to establish settlement in Maine on behalf of Sir Fernando Gorges and Northern Virginia [Plymouth] Company. In addition to constructing Fort St. George at the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham's men built a pinnace, Virginia , while there. Popham died in Maine in 1608 and the settlement was abandoned.

Related People

Gilbert, Raleigh

Related Vessels

Virginia (1607), Gift of God (1607), Mary & John (1607)

Related Events

1607 - Plymouth Company sponsors exploration and settlement in Maine

Related Water Bodies

Kennebec River

Related Source

American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norembega
Coastal Maine: A Maritime History (1992)