Thomas Morton Timeline

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  • c. 1579 - 1647
    Life of poet, writer, lawyer, and colonist Thomas Morton, founder of Merrymount Colony in North America.
  • 1617 - 1622
    Thomas Morton marries Alice Miller; is engaged in lawsuit brought by her son.
  • 1622 - 1623
    Thomas Morton abandons his wife and his life in accepting a mission from Sir Ferdinando Gorges to go to North America.
  • 1624
    Thomas Morton leaves England to found a colony in North America along with Captain Richard Wollaston at the direction of Sir Ferdinando Gorges.
  • 1626
    Thomas Morton drives Captain Wollaston from the colony of Mount Wollaston; founds new colony of Merrymount.
  • 1626 - 1628
    Merrymount Colony, under Thomas Morton, becomes the most lucrative and fastest-growing settlement in New England.
  • 1628
    Thomas Morton is arrested by Myles Standish of Plymouth Colony and marooned on an island; he later makes his way back to England.
  • 1629
    Thomas Morton returns to North America as a clerk for Isaac Allerton of Plymouth Colony; he is arrested and sent back to England.
  • 1630 - 1633
    Thomas Morton sues Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony to have their charters revoked; legal briefs of the lawsuit become the drafts of his book New English Canaan.
  • 1637
    Publication of Thomas Morton's 3-Volume work New English Canaan.
  • 1642 - 1644
    Thomas Morton returns to the English colonies of North America; is arrested and jailed at Boston.
  • 1645
    Thomas Morton is released from prison owing to declining health.
  • 1645 - 1647
    Thomas Morton lives among friends in York, Maine until his death.