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Another of Delesdernier’s difficulties was determining exactly what Passamaquoddy was; the word meant different things to different peoples. 1 Euro-Americans generally referred to the indigenous peoples who hunted and fished local waters as the Passamaquoddy tribe. The United States Congress picked up the term in 1789 when naming customs districts, thus making it an administrative term. But the most common use of the word Passamaquoddy was imprecise, denoting the lands surrounding the bay and its numerous islands.
Smuggling was closely related to the border, an invisible line between the United States and British North America that profoundly shaped the daily lives of Passamaquoddy residents. For governments, smuggling was a challenge that led to disorder, loss of revenue, and higher taxes. Smugglers and government were locked in combat, and sometimes the smugglers won. 16 “A Sort of Neutrality” •2• “A Sort of Neutrality” Lewis Frederick Delesdernier had delayed his report to Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton as long as possible.
In this they closely resembled the behavior of Crown customs officers in the thirteen American Colonies before the Revolution.