Manchester New Hampshire (NH) Real Estate Tour Tour Manchester, NH neighborhoods, condominium developments, subdivisions, schools, landmarks, recreational areas, and town offices. Manchester, New Hampshire is the largest city in the state and one of the fastest-growing cities in New England. The financial, cultural and political hub of New Hampshire, Manchester is located between Concord and Nashua. Originally inhabited by the Penacook Indians, who called the area “Amoskeag” – meaning “good fish place” – Manchester was granted by Massachusetts Governor Benning Wentworth in 1751 as “Derryfield”. In 1807, inventor Samuel Blodget opened a canal and lock system to allow passage around the Amoskeag Falls for shipping vessels. Blodget here envisioned a major industrial city to rival Manchester, England, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. At Blodget’s suggestion, Derryfield was renamed Manchester in 1810, the same year that the new cotton spinning mill on the western bank of the Merrimack was incorporated as the Amoskeag Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Company. Incorporated as a city in 1846, Manchester soon became home to the largest cotton mill in the world — Mill No. 11, spanning 900 feet (270 m) long by 103 feet (31 m) wide, and containing 4000 looms. Other products of Manchester’s mills included shoes, cigars and paper. The Amoskeag foundry made rifles, sewing machines, textile machinery, fire engines, and locomotives in a division called the Amoskeag Locomotive Works (later, the
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