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Portsmouth Compact 1638

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Portsmouth Compact 1638

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Information

Title

Portsmouth Compact 1638

Date

March 7, 1638

Description

The Portsmouth Compact was a document signed on March 7, 1638 that laid the foundation for the establishment of the town of Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island later that spring. It was the first document in history that severed both political and religious ties with mother England.

Location

Portsmouth, R.I.

Medium

Manuscript

Dimensions

13.75 x 18.5 inches

Rights

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Identifier

PTTH_DS_001_0001

Contributing Institution

Portsmouth Town Hall