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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a cape jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean in the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts.

English lawyer and explorer Bartholomew Gosnold was the first European to see Cape Cod on May 15, 1602. He said, “We took great store of codfish … and named it Cape Cod.”

Cape Cod
Gosnold also discovered Martha's Vineyard and named it after his deceased daughter, Martha.

Whilst sailing across the ocean on their ship, The Mayflower, the 78 men and 24 women occupied themselves by playing darts. Because of bad weather and they were running out of beer and were forced to land at Cape Cod, far away from the territory granted to them.

In 1816 a Cape Cod,farmer, Henry Hall, noticed that cranberries were larger and juicier where a layer of sand from the dunes blew over the vines. He used this sand layering technique for his cranberries and became their first cultivator.

Cranberry picking in 1906

The longest U.S. highway is route 6 which starts in Cape Cod and ends in Bishop, California.

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