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Kennebunkport was first settled in 1633 by John Gooch, who came from Dorchester, England. He purchased land at the mouth of the Kennebunk River and built a house there. The town was incorporated on February 23, 1716 as Cape Porpus (later changed to Cape Porpoise). It would be incorporated again on March 7, 1855 as South Berwick when it broke off from Cape Porpoise Plantation. On June 24th 1869 it would become Kennebunkport after being reincorporated with its current boundaries following a vote of residents to change the name back to its original spelling which had been used for many years prior but not officially recognized until then because of an error in recording documents during colonial times that caused confusion over whether or not "r"s were included in some spellings; this is also why nearby towns such as Kittery and York have different spellings than their namesakes elsewhere across New England (i.e., Portsmouth/Portsmouth NH).