Imagined likeness of Baron St. Castin as portrayed by artist W.H. Low. Courtesy of Witherle Memorial Library.The town of Castine was chartered in 1796 and named after a French nobleman and adventurer, Baron Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint- Castin.  He was part of a military contingent sent by the French authorities in Quebec in 1674 to evict a group of Dutchmen who had occupied the area.  After the Dutch were evicted, Castin liked what he saw and stayed on.  He established a trading post with the indigenous natives, the Tarratine Indians.

Castin’s relations with the locals were so harmonious that he married the daughter of Madockawando, the chief of the tribe, with whom he had at least two sons.  Two streets in present-day Castine, Tarratine Street and Madockawando Street, reflect this heritage.  The Baron returned to France around 1700, after which his fate is uncertain.