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Hampton, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County, is home to the famous summer tourist attraction, Hampton Beach. It was originally called the Plantation of Winnacunnet and was one of the four original New Hampshire townships chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, years before the boundary dispute between Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Province of New Hampshire was resolved. In the spring of 1635, Richard Dummer John Spencer came ashore in their small boat at Winnicunnet and were struck by the beauty of the area as well as the large amount of salt marsh, which would be perfect for the grazing of cattle. Spencer, a partner in a cattle importation business, appreciated the salt marsh greatly. Dummer, a member of the General Court, got that court to claim the land and plan a plantation on the spot that would later become Hampton. The court ordered that the two men would henceforth have the power "to presse men to build there a bound house." The town was settled in 1638 by a group of parishioners led by the Reverend Stephen Bachiler.

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