Augusta is the capital of Maine and the seat of Kennebec County. It's situated near the city of Gardiner and the town of Belgrade. With state-of-the-art amenities, outstanding riverfront and downtown areas and family-friendly communities, the city is a great spot for potential residents to find homes for rent.
Historical Facts About Augusta
Algonquian-speaking Indians, considered Wabanaki or "People of the Dawn," inhabited the area long before Europeans came up the Kennebec River.
The area was first explored by English settlers from the short-lived Sagadahoc or Popham Colony at the river's mouth in 1607.
Settlers from Plymouth Colony were the first English people to actually live in the area. In 1625, Plymouth pilgrims chose the east shore of the Kennebec for their trading post, which they eventually abandoned.
The name "Cushnoc" was eventually used to refer to the Plymouth trading post. After years of conflict involving the French and Indians and several decades when the Kennebec settlements were deserted, the Kennebec Proprietors built Fort Western near the Cushnoc site.
The village called "the Fort" was incorporated as Hallowell in 1771. Later, in 1797, the Fort separated from Hallowell.
Hallowell was incorporated as Harrington at first, but it changed its name to Augusta on June 9, 1797.