1623Lord Sheffeild granted a charter to Robert Cushman and Edward Winslow of Plymouth Colony, which outlined the terms for establishing a colony on Cape Ann.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Land Ownership, European Colonists

In September Edward Winslow was sent from Plymouth to England to report on Plymouth’s prospects and to collect supplies. Once there, preparations were made to expand Plymouth’s fisheries to Cape Ann. Along with Robert Cushman, he acquired the Sheffeild (Sheffield) patent, which gave “free liberty, to fish, fowle, hawke, and hunt, truck, and trade” in the region of Cape Ann, on behalf of the Plymouth Colony. Sheffeild had acquired this land in 1620, when King James divided the territory among the members of the council for New England.

White, John, and Marshall Saville. John White’s Planters Plea, 1630. Printed in Facsimile with an Introduction. Rockport, Mass.: The Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museum, 1930. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39076005679266&seq=7 Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog 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
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