Towns – Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Portsmouth, NH Lodging, Real Estate, Travel & Visitor Information

Portsmouth NHFirst settled in 1630 as Piscataqua, the settlement was soon named Strawbery Banke. The name Portsmouth was adopted in 1653 to honor the colony’s founder, John Mason, Captain of the Port in Portsmouth, England. Portsmouth became the New Hampshire province’s capital in 1679.

Portsmouth New Hampshire was home to many famous colonials, such as William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence; Governor John Langdon, first US Senate president; and John Paul Jones, a naval hero.

Portsmouth was incorporated as a city in 1849. The original Strawberry Banke settlement has been preserved as an example of a colonial American town. Strawbery Banke is a popular  New Hampshire attraction.

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Incorporated: 1653
County: Rockingham
Portsmouth, NH Population:
2010: 21,233

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 43.4326
Longitude: -70.4538

Portsmouth, NH Local Information
Portsmouth Police Dispatch: 911

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