The King's Highway

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

  1. Traveler: John Gyles

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The complexity of the Wabenaki routes over the Norumbega Peninsula during the War of the League of Augsburg/King William's War (1688-1699) is illustrated in John Gyles' captivity narrative. Gyles was captured by a war party at Pemequid in 1689. He was taken by the Maliseet up the Penobscot River and over a portage system into the St. John Valley. After almost a decade in captivity, he was recovered by the English in 1698. Gyles' travels occurred before the extension of the King's Highway onto the mid-Maine coast and illustrates how roads would greatly improve travel and quality of life for settlers.

John Gyles, Memoirs of Odd Adventures, Strange Deliverances, &c. In the Captivity of John Gyles, Efq; Commander of the Garrifon on St. George's River (Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1736).

Others roads :
The King's Highway - Lake Megantic Route - Coos Road - Canada Road - Aroostook Roads - Airline Road
Grand Trunk Railway - California Tote Road - Canadian Pacific Railway