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Encyclopedia > Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Cod and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastline
Cape Cod and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastline
Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space, April 1997. (South is at the top of this image.)
Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space, April 1997. (South is at the top of this image.)

Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. It is coextensive with Barnstable County. Although Cape Cod was originally connected to the mainland, the first Cape Cod Canal, completed in 1914, effectively transformed Cape Cod into a large island. Download high resolution version (500x750, 45 KB)Cape Cod Sorce: http://www-misr. ... Download high resolution version (500x750, 45 KB)Cape Cod Sorce: http://www-misr. ... Download high resolution version (640x640, 149 KB)Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, USA - April 1997 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Cod Cape Cod Bay Categories: NASA images ... Download high resolution version (640x640, 149 KB)Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, USA - April 1997 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Cod Cape Cod Bay Categories: NASA images ... A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... COD may refer to many different topics, including: Call of Duty, a World War II computer game distributed by Activision Carrier onboard delivery Cash on delivery Cause of death Chemical oxygen demand Click of death, an infamous symptom of a manufacturing defect in Iomega Zip drives Concise Oxford Dictionary Cod... Cape Cod Canal The Cape Cod Canal is a man-made waterway traversing the narrow neck of land that anchors Cape Cod to mainland Massachusetts. ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...

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Geography

Cape Cod consists of three portions:


The "Upper Cape" is the section of Cape Cod closest to the mainland. This portion of the Cape includes the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich. While part of the town of Barnstable can be considered to be located on the Upper Cape, it is more commonly thought to be in the Mid-Cape area. Falmouth is the home of the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and is also the most-used connection to Martha's Vineyard via the ferry. Bourne is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Falmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Mashpee is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Sandwich, MA Sandwich is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is devoted to scientific research and science- and engineering-education leading to MS and PhD degrees in oceanography and related fields. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ...


The Mid-Cape includes the towns of Barnstable, Dennis and Yarmouth. There are seven villages in Barnstable: Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable. There are many beautiful beaches in the Mid-Cape area, including Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, which gets its name from the one of the inventors of Technicolor, Herbert Kalmus. This popular wind surfing destination was bequeathed to the town of Barnstable by Dr. Kalmus on condition that it not be developed, possibly one of the first instances of open-space preservation in the US. Barnstable is a city located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; it is the county seat of Barnstable County6. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Yarmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Barnstable is also the name of one of the villages within the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... Centerville is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... Hyannis is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... Marstons Mills is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... Osterville is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... West Barnstable is a village in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts. ... Technicolor is a three-strip color film process pioneered in the 1930s by the Technicolor Corporation, a company created by the husband-and-wife team of Herbert and Natalie Kalmus. ... Windsurfing in Essex, England Windsurfing (also called boardsailing) is a sport involving travel over water on a small 2-4. ...


The "Lower Cape" is the narrower portion of the cape, which bends sharply to the north. This section includes the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet. Brewster is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Chatham, MA Chatham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Eastham is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Harwich is a town on Cape Cod, in Barnstable County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. ... Orleans is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Aerial view of Provincetown Harbor in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod. ... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Wellfleet is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ...


The large area of water enclosed by Cape Cod and the mainland seacoast to the north forms Cape Cod Bay; west of Cape Cod is Buzzards Bay. To the south lie Nantucket sound; Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard (both large islands); and the mostly-privately-owned Elizabeth Islands in the town of Gosnold, of which the largest is Cuttyhunk. Cape Cod Bay is a large bay of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent to the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Map of Buzzards Bay. ... Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean offshore from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... The Elizabeth Islands, off the coast of Massachusetts The Elizabeth Islands are a chain of small islands extending southwest from the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the United States. ... Gosnold is a town located in Dukes County, Massachusetts. ... An aerial view of the island Cuttyhunk Island is the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands, located between Buzzards Bay to the north and Vineyard Sound to the south. ...


Cape Cod is connected to the mainland by a pair of canal-spanning highway bridges from Bourne, Massachusetts and Sagamore, and a vertical-lift railroad bridge. The entire Cape is roughly bisected by U.S. Route 6, locally known as the Mid-Cape Highway, which runs as a four- and then two-lane freeway between Sandwich and Orleans, and a surface street thence to Provincetown. Commercial air service to Cape Cod occur at Barnstable Municipal Airport and Provincetown Municipal Airport. Sagamore is a census-designated place and village located in the town of Bourne in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... A typical rural freeway (Interstate 5 in the Central Valley of California, USA). ... Barnstable Municipal Airport (IATA:HYA, ICAO:KHYA) is an airport located in Hyannis, Massachusetts. ...


History

Much of the east-facing Atlantic seacoast of Cape Cod consists of wide, sandy beaches. In 1961, a significant portion of this coastline was made part of the Cape Cod National Seashore by President John F. Kennedy, and is thus protected from development. Large portions are open to the public, including the "Marconi Site" in Wellfleet, a park built around the site of the first two-way transoceanic radio transmission (by Theodore Roosevelt using Guglielmo Marconi's equipment). The area near Provincetown enjoys the historical distinction of being the first, exploratory, landing site of the Pilgrims, on their journey from England to Plymouth Rock. The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one-fifth of its surface. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7th, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, encompasses 43,500 acres (176 km²) of ponds, woods and beachfront on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ... JFK redirects here. ... Order: 26th President Vice President: Charles Warren Fairbanks Term of office: September 14, 1901 – March 3, 1909 Preceded by: William McKinley Succeeded by: William Howard Taft Date of birth: October 27, 1858 Place of birth: New York City Date of death: January 6, 1919 Place of death: Oyster Bay, New... Guglielmo Marconi (25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian electrical engineer and Nobel laureate, known for the development of a practical wireless telegraphy system commonly known as the radio. Marconi was President of the Accademia dItalia and a member of the Fascist Grand Council of Italy. ... This article is about the colonists of North America. ... Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony, in what would become the United States. ...


On May 15, 1602 Bartholomew Gosnold became the first European to discover Cape Cod. May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1602 in topic: Science- State leaders- Literature- Music Events February 14 - William Shakespeare First performance of Twelfth Night on Candlemas March 20 - The Dutch East India Company is established as The United East India Company by the Dutch States-General May 15 - Bartolomew Gosnold becomes the first European to discover... Bartholomew Gosnold (1572 - August 22, 1607) was an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer. ...


On April 26, 1717, the pirate ship Whydah Gally sank off Cape Cod. April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... // Events January 4 — The Netherlands, Britain & France sign Triple Alliance February 26-March 6 What is now the northeastern United States was paralyzed by a series of blizzards that buried the region. ... A pirate digging for treasure. ... The Whydah Gally was the galley-style ship of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy. ...


Tourism

Although Cape Cod is inhabited all year round, it experiences a tourist explosion each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as the New England cold gives way to a brief but comfortable summer. Many businesses are specifically targeted to the visitors, and close during the "off season" (roughly 8-9 months per year.) Some particularly well known Cape products and industries include cranberries, shellfish (particularly oysters and clams) and lobstering. Relatives and others traditionally place flags near veterans headstones on Memorial Day Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the last Monday of May. ... Labour Day (or Labor Day) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. ... While the states marked in red show the core of New England, the regions cultural influence may cover a greater or lesser area than shown. ... Species Vaccinium macrocarpon Vaccinium microcarpum Vaccinium oxycoccus The cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs in the genus Vaccinium subgenus Oxycoccus, or in some treatments, in the distinct genus Oxycoccus. ... Shellfish is a term used to describe molluscs and crustaceans used as food. ... The name oyster is used for a number of different groups of mollusks which grow for the most part in marine or brackish water. ...


Provincetown at the tip Cape Cod also houses some of the best whale watching fleets. Most fleets guarantee a whale sighting. Most motels in and around cape cod provide coupons that offer discount on the whale watching trips.

A Minke Whale splashes out of the water. This sighting is unusual -- only one of out hundred or more trips encounter a Minke whale and even fewer find one breaching like this.

Binomial name Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804 Binomial name Balaenoptera bonaerensis Burmeister, 1867 Minke Whale range Antarctic Minke Whale range Dwarf Minke Whale range The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. ...

Islands off Cape Cod

Like Cape Cod itself, the islands off Cape Cod have turned from being natural, whaling, and trading areas to resort destinations for the Northeast, attracting old, wealthy families and prosperous tourists alike. The islands include Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, as well as the Elizabeth Island chain, which includes the Forbes family-owned Naushon Island, which was purchased by John Murray Forbes with profits from opium dealing in the China trade during the Opium War. Several prominent families have established family compounds or estates on the larger islands, making these Cape Cod offshore islands some of the wealthiest resorts in the Northeast, yet they retain much of the early merchant trading and whaling culture. This article is about the island, town, and county; there is also a census-designated place called Nantucket. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... This article is about the Forbes family related to US Senator John Kerry. ... Naushon Island has been a Forbes family retreat for some time, where the China trade merchant John Murray Forbes and his family have summered for more than a century. ... John Murray Forbes John Murray Forbes (February 23, 1813 - October 12, 1898), one of three brothers sent by their uncle to Canton, amassed a fortune in the opium trade and China trade during the Opium Wars. ... Opium is a narcotic drug which is obtained from the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy . ... There were two Opium Wars between Britain and China. ...


External links


Flag of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Cod Nantucket, Massachusetts Barnstable County, Massachusetts Berkshire County, Massachusetts Bristol County, Massachusetts Dukes County, Massachusetts Essex County, Massachusetts Franklin County, Massachusetts Hampden County, Massachusetts Hampshire County, Massachusetts Middlesex County, Massachusetts Norfolk County, Massachusetts Plymouth County, Massachusetts Suffolk County, Massachusetts Worcester... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ...

Capital:

Boston This is a list of United States state capitals: ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated September 17, 1630 1820, as a city  County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ...

Regions:

The Berkshires | Greater Boston | Cape Ann | Cape Cod and the Islands | Merrimack Valley | MetroWest | North Shore | Pioneer Valley | South Shore | Western Massachusetts This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... The Berkshires (pronounced as berk-shears, IPA ) are a branch of the Appalachian Mountains in Western Massachusetts. ... Greater Boston is the area of Massachusetts closely surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. ... Cape Ann is a rocky peninsula located in northeastern Massachusetts on the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Merrimack River, formed by the confluence of the Pemigewasset River (left) and Winnipesaukee River (right) is shown on a map of the northeastern United States The Merrimack River (sometimes spelled Merrimac River, an earlier name that is sometimes, although unofficially, used today) is a 110-mile-long (177-kilometer... The MetroWest region is an area outside the city of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. ... The North Shore is a region north of Boston, consisting chiefly of urban suburban communities of Essex County along Massachusetts Bay. ... The southern portion of the Pioneer Valley looking south down the Connecticut River. ... The South Shore of Massachusetts is a geographic region stretching south and east from Boston along the shore of Massachusetts Bay toward Cape Cod. ... Western Massachusetts is a geographical region of the state of Massachusetts which contains the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. ...

Cities:

Agawam | Amesbury | Attleboro | Beverly | Boston | Brockton | Cambridge | Chelsea | Chicopee | Easthampton | Everett | Fall River | Fitchburg | Franklin | Gardner | Gloucester | Greenfield | Haverhill | Holyoke | Lawrence | Leominster | Lowell | Lynn | Malden | Marlborough | Medford | Melrose | Methuen | New Bedford | Newburyport | Newton | North Adams | Northampton | Peabody | Pittsfield | Quincy | Revere | Salem | Springfield | Somerville | Southbridge | Taunton | Waltham | Watertown | West Springfield | Westfield | Weymouth | Woburn | Worcester List of cities in Massachusetts, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Agawam is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Amesbury is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Attleboro is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts and is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... Beverly is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated September 17, 1630 1820, as a city  County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... Brockton is a city located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... City Hall - Cambridge MA Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, United States. ... Chelsea City Hall The City of Chelsea is located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts directly across the Mystic River from the City of Boston. ... Chicopee is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Easthampton is a city located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. ... Everett is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Fall River is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... The L.J. Brown Block, Main Street, Fitchburg, circa 1885, from a Bay State Monthly article Fitchburg is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Franklin is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Gardner is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Gloucester is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Greenfield is a city located in Franklin County, Massachusetts. ... Haverhill is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Holyoke is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts, on the banks of the Connecticut River. ... High Service Water Tower (1895), also called Tower Hill Water Tower, a notable eyecatcher or folly, named a Water Landmark in 1979 by the American Water Works Association. ... Leominster is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Old mill complex now converted to a museum. ... Lynn is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Malden is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Marlborough is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Medford is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts just a few miles north of Boston on the Mystic River. ... Melrose is a city located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area and Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Methuen is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... A view of New Bedford from the harbor New Bedford is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Newburyport, MA Newburyport is a small coastal city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Newton, Massachusetts is a suburb west of Boston. ... North Adams is a city located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Northampton, Massachusetts Main Street Northampton is a city located in Hampshire County, Massachusetts in the USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 28,978. ... Peabody is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Pittsfield is a city located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Quincy is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts and bears the nickname The City of Presidents. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 88,025. ... Revere City Hall built 1897 Revere is a city located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and borders Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea to the South, Everett and Malden to the West, Saugus and Lynn to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. ... Salem Maritime National Historic Site Salem is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City of Homes Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated May 14, 1636   County Hampden County Mayor Charles Ryan (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 86. ... Seal of the city Somerville is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. ... Southbridge is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Taunton is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... Waltham is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Watertown is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... West Springfield is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Westfield is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Weymouth is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Woburn is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of the Seven Hills, Wormtown, Woo-town, Wortown (war-town) Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated 1673 1722  County Worcester County Mayor Timothy P. Murray (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 99. ...

Towns:

See List of towns in Massachusetts The following is a list of towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...

Counties:

Barnstable | Berkshire | Bristol | Dukes | Essex | Franklin | Hampden | Hampshire | Middlesex | Nantucket | Norfolk | Plymouth | Suffolk | Worcester This is a list of Massachusetts counties: Massachusetts counties Barnstable County: one of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony in 1685. ... Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Berkshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Bristol County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Dukes County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Essex County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Middlesex County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Plymouth County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Suffolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ...


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Cape Cod and The Islands (705 words)
Cape Cod is famous the world over for its over 300 miles of unspoiled shoreline, "Cape Cod" style houses, with their natural colored shingles and gable roofs, the Kennedys, and much more.
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