Thomas Morton Timeline

Thomas Morton Timeline

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  • c. 1579 - 1647

    Life of poet, writer, lawyer, and colonist Thomas Morton, founder of Merrymount Colony in North America.

  • 1617 - 1622

    Thomas Morton marries Alice Miller; is engaged in lawsuit brought by her son.

  • 1622 - 1623

    Thomas Morton abandons his wife and his life in accepting a mission from Sir Ferdinando Gorges to go to North America.

  • 1624

    Thomas Morton leaves England to found a colony in North America along with Captain Richard Wollaston at the direction of Sir Ferdinando Gorges.

  • 1626

    Thomas Morton drives Captain Wollaston from the colony of Mount Wollaston; founds new colony of Merrymount.

  • 1626 - 1628

    Merrymount Colony, under Thomas Morton, becomes the most lucrative and fastest-growing settlement in New England.

  • 1628

    Thomas Morton is arrested by Myles Standish of Plymouth Colony and marooned on an island; he later makes his way back to England.

  • 1629

    Thomas Morton returns to North America as a clerk for Isaac Allerton of Plymouth Colony; he is arrested and sent back to England.

  • 1630 - 1633

    Thomas Morton sues Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony to have their charters revoked; legal briefs of the lawsuit become the drafts of his book New English Canaan.

  • 1637

    Publication of Thomas Morton's 3-Volume work New English Canaan.

  • 1642 - 1644

    Thomas Morton returns to the English colonies of North America; is arrested and jailed at Boston.

  • 1645

    Thomas Morton is released from prison owing to declining health.

  • 1645 - 1647

    Thomas Morton lives among friends in York, Maine until his death.

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