1700The selectmen levied a tax to defray the cost of Indigenous land that had been sold to the town by Samuel English, the grandson of Masconomet.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Land Ownership, Indigenous People's History

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762. pg. 33
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Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762. pg. 33

At a meeting on December 25, “the selectmen had full power given them at sd meeting to levy a taxe upon the Inhabitants of seven or eight pounds in money to defray the demand of the Indians for and about the Land of our township…” William Stevens and Joseph Allen were chosen “to manage and make full conclusion about our township with those Indians that hath laid claim to the those lands of our township…” (Town Records, 33) All the towns created out of the original sale of Greater Agawam were required by England’s king to obtain legal title to their lands.

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up Perley, Sydney. The Indian Land Titles of Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex Book and Print Club, 1912, https://archive.org/details/indianlandtitles00perl/page/n10/mode/1up
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