History of Cape Cod Massachusetts

The area of Cape Cod, or fondly known as the Cape to locals, in the state of Massachusetts in the US is a popular haven for tourists in the summer season with visitors numbering in the thousands during its peak. People and tourists are fond of Cape Cod’s accessible beaches, both privately operated by resorts and those open to the public, with a variety of enjoyable activities like beach walking, biking, boating, fishing, golf, and kayaking readily available. Vacation rentals, holiday homes and bed and breakfasts are the accommodations of choice for those who come over to visit and enjoy Cape Cod. While you’re out and about, you might want to mail a beautiful postcard to your friends or family.

The Untouched Beauty

Cape Cod Massachusetts is very well known for its natural and untouched beauty and is said to be a highly favored vacation spot for tourists and artists. It is hard to believe that the peninsula we know as Cape Cod is only around 18,000 years old in geologic time. For centuries, tourists, artists, fishers, pilgrims and explorers of all sorts have turned to Cape Cod and its surrounding waters to fulfill all their needs and ambitions. Even still, it is a rather small town that has a rather remarkable amount of history behind it. Cape Cod Massachusetts was first named by Bartholomew Gosnold in the year 1602 when he sailed from Falmouth, England to investigate the great American coast for trade opportunities.He chose to name Cape Cod for the vast quantities of cod that his crew managed to catch. Although there is no written proof, it is also believed that Vikings such as the Viking explorer Thorvold may have visited this land that we know as Cape Cod somewhere around the year 1004, but it is most likely that European exploration of Cape Cod did not begin until the year 1602.

The History

Pilgrims are known to have first landed at Cape Cod’s beautiful sandy shores on November 11th, 1620 during their voyage to find freedom from the Church of England and for economic opportunity. When the pilgrims reached Cape Cod’s sandy shores, this was their first look at the new world.Whenever the pilgrims landed at Cape Cod, they thought that Cape Cod was too sandy and that perhaps its sandy shores would not be able to hold them. They did, however, stay long enough to find out that there was drinkable water and edible food for them to have. Cape Cod Massachusetts is also where the pilgrims are known to have had their first fight with the Natives. Some of the pilgrims that landed at Cape Cod were John Carver, Edward Winslow, John Tilly, Edward Doty, and Tomas English just to name a few.

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In the year 1785, over one thousand years later, the Massachusetts humane society started the world’s first life-saving service. They began in Boston Harbor where they soon set up with many shelters and food for shipwrecked survivors. Eventually, the Massachusetts Humane Society established a few outposts on the shores of Cape Cod in the early years of the 1800s. These outposts were run strictly by volunteers, so there was not always someone there to keep a look out for shipwreck survivors. In the year of 1872, congress started and staffed the first federally funded life-saving stations. They became known as the U.S. Life Saving Service. There were nine of U.S. life-saving stations located on the shores of Cape Cod in the 1870s. These U.S. life-saving stations were known as Race Point, Pamet, Highlands, Cahoon’s Hollow, Peaked Hill Bars, Monomoy Point, Nauset, Orleans, and Chatham .(not in order of position on shoreline)

Over the next twenty years or so settlers spread themselves north and south of Plymouth. The very first parts of the sandy shores of Cape Cod that were known to be settled were the bay-side sections of Barnstable, Sandwich, and also Yarmouth. All of these were merged in the year of 1639 alongside a great historical Indian trail that is now referred to as Route 6A.These settlers fished, hunted and built their houses out of the salt hay from the marshes to which they also used to feed their livestock.

Historical Attractions

Cape cod has many interesting historical attractions such as the Cape Cod Canal which stretches as far as the eye can see, was linked in the year 1914 to the two bays one being Cape Cod bay in the north and the other being Buzzards Bay in the south, the ever loved Falmouth playhouse built in the year 1928, and the well known Barnstable Comedy Club built in the year 1922.

Despite all of these wonderful attractions and development, Cape Cod Massachusetts has remained just as beautiful as ever. In fact, many of the occupations from the earliest dwellers have not vanished as you would think. There continues to be more than one hundred (100) farms still left in Cape Cod, and the fishing industry is very prosperous!