Martin Pring
English Trader, Explores New Hampshire Coast


No one knows who were the first European settlers to reach New Hampshire. But wide-scale exploration of the area began in the early 1600's. In 1603, Martin Pring of England sailed a trading ship up the Piscataqua River. Pring and his crew may have landed in Portsmouth. The French explorer Samuel de Champlain landed on the New Hampshire coast in 1605. In 1614, the English captain John Smith reached the Isles of Shoals. He named them Smith's Isles.

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