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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 536 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WESTBROOK, a city of Cumberland county, Maine, U.S.A., on the Presumpscot river, 5 M. N.W. of Portland. Pop. (189o) 6632, (1900) 7283 (1693 foreign-born), (1910) 8281. It is served by the Maine Central and the Boston & Maine railways. In Westbrook are the Walker Memorial Library (1894) and the Warren Library (1879). The river provides water-power, and among the manufactures are paper, silks, cotton goods, &c. In 1814 Westbrook was separated from Falmouth and incorporated as a township under the name of Stroudwater, and in 1815 the present name was adopted in honour of Colonel Thomas West-brook, who had distinguished himself in wars with the Indians. In 1871 Deering, now a part of Portland, was taken from the township. A city charter was granted to Westbrook in 1889 and adopted in 1891.
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