I retired three years ago and became aware that I had missed a hundred years of history of the region I have lived in my entire life. Except for the start of the Revolution I had focused on action out of New England and as I began to read of the early history of the area I have learned about a very interesting era of history. The struggle for control of Maine was as violent and interesting as that of the central and southern regions. I was pretty much unaware of most of it. For the last few years I have gained a great interest in the influence of French and English colonial struggle,especially of French influence in flintlock muskets here. Shooting a gun that was commonly in use by those settling here has become a great deal of fun and influenced me to try a bit of re-enacting. There is a great deal to delve into still.