John Mason

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This article contains a short biography and fast facts and information about the early American colonist, John Mason (15861635). Who was John Mason and why was he famous? John Mason was famous as the founder of the New Hampshire Colony. John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges received a patent from the Council for New England for all the territory lying between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers which they divided with Mason receiving the southern portion which included most of the southeastern part of the current state of New Hampshire. John  Mason never set foot in New Hampshire he died that same year he was preparing for his first voyage to the new colony.

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The following facts about John Mason (15861635) provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the early colonization of America, New England and New Hampshire.

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 John Mason Fact 1John Mason was famous as the founder of the New Hampshire

 John Mason Fact 2When was John Mason born? He was born in 1586

 John Mason Fact 3Where was John Mason born? He was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England

 John Mason Fact 4John Mason came from a wealthy family and received an excellent education at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

 John Mason Fact 5During his early life news of the discoveries in the New World by Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596), Sir Walter Raleigh (1552 - 1618), Henry Hudson (1565 - 1611) inspired all Englishmen, including John Mason

 John Mason Fact 6John Mason was well educated in typical subjects of the time including navigation, astronomy, cartography, mathematics and seamanship

 John Mason Fact 7John Guy had visited Newfoundland and petitioned the British government for permission to establish a colony. John Guy set sail from Bristol with a small group of colonists, landed at Newfoundland in August 1610 and founded a settlement.

 John Mason Fact 8John Guy's colony in Newfoundland started the era of the proprietary governors. The colonization was a commercial enterprise sanctioned by the Crown via charter issued by James I to the London and Bristol Company, a joint-stock company

 John Mason Fact 9John Mason was appointed as governor of Newfoundland by the investors in the the London and Bristol Company in 1615

 John Mason Fact 10John Mason served as as governor of Newfoundland from 1615 - 1621

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The following facts about John Mason (15861635) provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the early colonization of America, New England and New Hampshire.

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 John Mason Fact 11In 1620 the Privy Council of King James I issued John Mason a commission and provided him with a ship to suppress piracy in Newfoundland

 John Mason Fact 12Council for New England was a joint stock company organized in 1620 by a charter from the British crown giving the authority to colonize and govern the area of New England. The company, the Council for New England, was dominated by its president, wealthy landowner Sir Ferdinando Gorges.

 John Mason Fact 13In 1622 John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges received a patent from the Council for New England for all the territory lying between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers

 John Mason Fact 14In 1625 Mason drew up the first known English map of the island of Newfoundland.

 John Mason Fact 15In 1629 John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges divided the lands and Mason received the southern portion which included most of the southeastern part of the current state of New Hampshire. The land of Sir Ferdinando Gorges led to the establishment of Maine.

 John Mason Fact 16The land grant was confirmed to John Mason when the Council for New England surrendered its charter in 1635

 John Mason Fact 17In 1635 he was appointed first vice-admiral of New England

 John Mason Fact 18John Mason never set foot in New Hampshire - he died in 1635 that same year he was preparing for his first voyage to the new colony.

 John Mason Fact 19Massachusetts Bay Colony controlled both regions until New Hampshire was given a royal charter in 1679 and Maine was made its own state in 1820.

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