The question of "historical" vs "heritage" that was raised in another thread got me to wondering what kinds of chickens early New England settlers would have brought with them into the wilderness. The western Maine town in which I live was first settled by Europeans in 1755 when a fort was built here. It was not until 1766 that the first church was built and not until 1785 that the town was incorporated. I am curious what breeds of chicken the settlers would have brought with them in the second half of the 18th century when they came to clear the land and claim their homestead. I've done a little internet searching, but haven't been able to come up with much information on the history of chicken breeds. I do not mean to get into an argument about what it means to be historical or heritage. I think heritage is defined by some chicken organizations (probably not the same way by all of them) and that historical is a matter of personal opinion. The labels do not matter to me, I am looking for something of a factual time line and then I will form my own opinions about historical (and perhaps keep them to myself!) and leave the matter of heritage to organizations which wish to promote certain breeds.