The first European to explore the area was Martin Pring in 1603, who also wrote about the land. This led to English colonization of the town in 1630, then named Strawbery Banke after all of the wild strawberries growing there. Portsmouth was officially founded, however, in 1652, and named after Portsmouth, England.
Today, Portsmouth is known for its quaint New England character, brick buildings, pictaresque downtown area, bridge, and harbor.
People Born in Portsmouth
Portsmouth in People's Lives
Samuel Morse: I came here around 1820 to paint the Pickering family, prominent New England society names. It was an accomplishment to be commissioned for such aristocratic subjects, though critics pointed out that to paint them conflicted with my political beliefs.