1625English West Country merchants opposed the Plymouth Colony’s fishing operations on Cape Ann and they dispatched a ship under Captain Hewes to challenge them.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, European Colonists

When Captain Hewes and his crew arrived they seized the stage built by the Plymouth Colony and all their property, barricading themselves on the stage with hogshead barrels filled with salt. Plymouth sent Captain Miles Standish to confront Hewes, who refused to back down without a fight. Roger Conant and Capt. William Pierce, who was on a ship in the harbor, defused the situation by offering to build another stage for the Plymouth fishermen.

Hubbard, William. A General HIstory of New England, from the Discovery to MDCLXXX. Charles C. LIttle and James Brown, 1848, https://archive.org/details/generalhistoryof00hubb/mode/2up?view=theater Thornton, John Wingate. The Landing at Cape Anne, or the Charter of the First Permanent Colony of the Massachusetts Company. Gould and Lincoln, 1854, https://archive.org/details/landingatcapean00thor/page/n7/mode/2up?view=theater Conant, Frederick Odell. A History and Genealogy of the Conant Family. 1887, https://archive.org/details/historygenealogy00cona/page/n3/mode/2up
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