A narrow peninsula that looks like a scorpion curled around Cape Cod Bay, with its stinger pointed toward the Massachusetts mainland, is the summer capital of several northeast states.
Patti Page described it in a 1950s hit song:
If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air,
Quaint little villages here and there,
You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod.
According to some accounts, Vikings from Scandinavia set foot on Cape Cod as early as the year 1000.
For sure, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold sailed the waters off Cape Cod in 1602 and named the peninsula for the plentiful codfish his men caught in its waters.
Eighteen years later, Pilgrim separatists from the Church of England landed at the tip of the peninsula before sailing to the mainland and starting a colony at Plymouth.
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