The King's Highway

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler : John Gyles

  1. Migration and Towns
The King's Highway and its inland detours primarily connected the river settlements to the coast and all of them to Boston. The migration that moved along it was at first Yankee, but as Maine acquired a more diverse population, it became a route used by everyone. Mainers found work in the Maritimes, and some Loyalists re-established their family ties to the United States. After 1830, it became an especially important route by which Irish immigrants who had landed in the Maritimes could enter New England from New Brunswick. Acadians and Eastern Algonquians also used the route to traverse their ancestral homelands.