Looking Back at the History of Cape Cod
If you’re planning a Cape Cod fishing or whale-watching excursion , you might be interested in learning about the history of Cape Cod. The sandy peninsula that is now known as Cape Cod was formed during the Ice Age, and stretched out into the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a look at how Cape Cod developed and expanded.
Early Cape Cod Settlers
The earliest inhabitants of Cape Cod were the Wampanoag Indians, who lived there for thousands of years before European settlers arrived. The Pilgrims arrived on the shore of Cape Cod before moving on to Plymouth, as they decided that the land was too sandy and the waters too dangerous for deep sea fishing . For the next two decades, the original settlers of Plymouth began to move further north and south to establish towns and homes. Sandwich, Barnstable, and Yarmouth were all settled and incorporated by Europeans in Cape Cod in 1639.
Construction, Tourism, and Industry
Cape Cod’s industry and commerce was developed around the water. Early settlers thrived as fishermen, whalers, and farmers. The first homes were modeled after Wampanoag wigwams, and were constructed out of twigs, bark, animal hides, and grasses. Later homes and businesses were constructed in a European style. When the whaling industry declined, Cape Cod inhabitants began cultivating tourism, which was aided by the development and growth of the first train service from Boston, as well as traffic and railroad bridges.
Cape Cod Today
The economy of Cape Cod today is still deeply rooted in its early forays into construction, tourism, and industry. The area still supports farming and deep sea fishing, and attracts thousands of tourists who are interested in whale-watching and Cape Cod charter fishing. Cape Cod remains one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S.
At Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, we offer whale-watching and deep sea fishing trips near Plymouth and Cape Cod. Our fishing charters and whale-watching tours are fun and educational for the whole family. To learn more about our rates and services, call us today at (508) 927-5575.