1750The decline of the Commons Settlement began around 1750.Location and Setting, Dogtown

“Historical maps.” Map. 1804–1927. Digital Commonwealth, https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/6h445z31v.
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Increasingly, the inhabitants of the Commons Settlement turned from farming and wood cutting to maritime pursuits. This, in addition to improved roads along the coast, and a diminishing threat from pirates, were contributing factors to the shift in settlement closer to the harbor.

Babson, Roger, and Foster H. Saville. Cape Ann Tourist’s Guide. Gloucester, MA: Cape Ann Community League, Inc., 1952.
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