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Augusta, both the seat of Kennebec County and the capital of Maine, was settled by English settlers from the Plymouth Colony in 1629, who established a trading post there in what was then still Massachusetts, along the Kennebec River. It was incorporated in 1771, but in 1797, it was renamed in honor of Augusta Dearborn, daughter of Henry Dearborn, a doctor and veteran of the Revolutionary and 1812 Wars and was later to be the Secretary of War under President Jefferson.

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