Innsmouth was founded in 1643, noted for shipbuilding before the Revolution, a seat of great marine prosperity in the early nineteenth century, and later a minor factory centre. The loss of sailors due to shipwrecks and the War of 1812 caused the town’s profitable trade with the South Seas to falter; by 1828, the only fleet still running that route was that of Captain Obed Marsh, the head of one of the town’s leading families.
In 1840, Marsh started a cult in Innsmouth known as the Esoteric Order of Dagon, basing it on a religion practiced by certain Polynesian islanders he had met during his travels. Shortly thereafter, the town’s fishing industry experienced a great upsurge.
Records indicate that in 1846 a mysterious plague struck the town, causing mass depopulation. In 1927 when it came under investigation by Federal authorities for alleged bootlegging.
Nowadays, Innsmouth is a pitiful place filled with the lowlifes and scum of the decadent bootlegging era. And most of the afro-Americans and some immigrants were “gently” moved to that godforsaken place.