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A History of the First Fresh Water Port in the United States

(From a paper read before the Oswego County Historical Society, February 24, 1942, by John W. O’Connor, Deputy Collector of United States Customs, at Oswego.) (Edited for City of Oswego Historian’s website, August 11, 2010)

(Author’s note: From that day, so long ago, when the first intrepid, little band of Phoenicians sent the prow of their battered vessel foaming gaily through the Gates of Hercules, and with only the North Star to guide them, brought their small cargo of Oriental spices and Babylonian pottery to a haven beneath the chalk cliffs of Dover, all Culture, all Progress, all Advancement in Civilization has been disseminated throughout the world, on the waterways of the world. And to those brave souls, who in every age, have gone down to the sea in ships, this paper is dedicated, because they, too, have made Oswego.) Continue reading

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Introduction to “A History of the First Fresh Water Port in the United States”

Oswego was the first fresh water port in the United States and an important gateway to the West. The following paper regarding the Port was written by John W. O’Connor and read before the Oswego County Historical Society on February 24, 1942. It has been edited by Ann Callaghan Allen, Professor, LeMoyne College, Department of Communications and Film Studies. Continue reading

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